Division of Student Development

Saint Louis University’s Division of Student Development is driven by the mission to provide you with programs, services and experiences that help you to develop as leaders.

Our goal is to help shape you into a successful graduate who is holistically formed, critically reflective and socially and personally responsible.

Kent Porterfield, Ed.D.Kent Porterfield, Ed.D., serves as the Vice President for Student Development at Saint Louis University. A firm believer in a holistic model of education, Dr. Porterfield works cooperatively with academic leaders to establish a range of collaborative initiatives, including learning communities, the Center for Global Citizenship, the Center for Service and Community Engagement and the Student Success Center.

Strategic Priorities

Global Citizenship

Understand the interconnectedness of multiple perspectives and cultural identities as part of a broader humanity, and express compassion for others, act in service to others and enact social change with others.

Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

Value the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and balance physical wellness, mental wellness and spiritual development.

Student Success

Understand the resources available to assist you in achieving your goals, activating your potential, while engaging in strategies to identifying and reach your post-graduation goals.

Integrative Learning

Embrace the ideal that learning is a lifelong endeavor; discover, reflect on and apply the knowledge acquired in classroom and out-of-class experiences to create deeper meaning.

Divisional Statement on Diversity

In support of Saint Louis University's Jesuit mission, the Division of Student Development is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect and dignity for people of all backgrounds and cultures. It is our mission to encourage and support a thriving and diverse community among our staff and students .

We honor the differences in our community, whether they be age, ability, race, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, and prepare our students to thrive in a multicultural, diverse society. Our efforts are grounded in cultivating awareness, inclusion and engagement through intentional experiences, events and programs that demonstrate our commitment to excellence.

Division Leadership 


Most Promising Places to Work logoThe division is proud to have been recognized by The Ohio State University Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE), for the third consecutive year as a top-15 most promising place to work, based on qualities including family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities.