DrLorenzoEstersDr. Lorenzo L. Esters began his service as KSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs as of August 1, 2012. In this role, he leads a team of over 85 employees responsible for co-curricular programs and services that enrich students’ total KSU experience. His team focuses on providing support for students to pursue scholarly aspirations and pique new interests in a safe and inclusive environment. Among Dr. Esters’ areas of oversight are the Office of Admissions, Office of the University Registrar, Financial Aid, Student One Stop Shop, Career Services, Health Services, Student Life, the Center for Academic Persistence and Success, the Academic Center for Excellence, the Testing and Placement Center and Student Support Services.

Dr. Esters brings a broad perspective to higher education leadership, having worked in K-12 policy with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, an appointment at Dillard University, a private historically Black university, serving as a Vice President for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the nation’s oldest higher education association, and as a former member of the Board of Trustees for Northern Virginia Community College, the nation’s second largest multi-campus community college system.  Prior to joining KSU, he served as Vice President for APLU’s  Office for Access and the Advancement of Public Black Universities, where he worked with the leadership of the member institutions to advance college access and success for all students, with a specific focus on underrepresented groups. He orchestrated collaborations with several businesses and private foundations that resulted in the securement of over $1 million to launch the Minority Male Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative, an effort designed to improve the low persistence and resilience rates of minority males in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines at America’s public four-year institutions.

Dr. Esters holds a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University, an M.A. in English from Jackson State University, and a B.A. in English from Rust College.

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