Interim Vice Chancellor Stephen C. Sutton Biography

Stephen C. Sutton, EdD - Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Stephen C. Sutton, EdD


Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D., interim vice chancellor of the Student Affairs Division, has spent most of his career advocating for students and operationalizing policies, services, and programs to support students. He most recently served as associate vice chancellor for Residential & Student Service Programs (RSSP) at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Sutton started his Student Affairs career at Berkeley in 1987, when he served as a residential life coordinator, working directly with students, residential advisors, and hall coordinators. He then worked at universities in Florida and Texas in a variety of capacities including student activities, student union management, and dean of students. As the vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of St. Thomas, he implemented a new and integrated model for both divisions grounded in student development best practices and with the primary objective of growing the current enrollment. This included creating a NAIA athletics program as well as an innovative First Year Experience Program.

Dr. Sutton returned to RSSP at UC Berkeley at Berkeley in 2009. During his tenure as associate vice chancellor for that department, Dr. Sutton lent his expertise and leadership to organizational development, crisis intervention, change management, sexual assault/sexual violence education, student development theory, and student advocacy.

He currently is serving a two-year term as president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Foundation, helping to advance Student Affairs professionals nationally. Dr. Sutton has been active in this professional association, holding numerous leadership positions over the last several years. In addition, he has led teams of volunteers in developing goals, implementing strategic and operational initiatives, and evaluating success that resulted in process improvements.

Dr. Sutton is a charter faculty member of the Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration certificate program offered through UC Berkeley Extension. He serves on the advisory board for the program and currently teaches the course on student development theory.