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About the Vice Chancellor

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Cedric B. Howard, Biography

Cedric B. Howard is an educator, community leader and advocate for access into higher education for all students in the South Puget Sound region of Washington State.

Since 2007, he has served as the Senior Student Affairs Officer at the University of Washington Tacoma. In his current capacity as Vice Chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services, Cedric has led formal development of two distinct units (Student Affairs and Enrollment Management) into one highly-effective student services operation.

His professional responsibilities include Student Enrollment (pre-college programs, recruitment, financial aid, and registration), Student Success (counseling, health services, career development, disability, veterans and international support services), Student Engagement (student government, clubs, student activities, conduct, and peer advisors), Student Administration (strategic planning, budget management, and student funding committees), and Student Fellowship and Awards (competitive student fellowships and national merit scholarships).

Prior to joining UW Tacoma, Cedric was Director of Student Affairs at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (2002-2007), where he led campus development of a new Student Affairs division. While at USF St. Petersburg, Cedric introduced campus housing, food services and multicultural affairs. Additionally, he has served as Dean of Student Affairs at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee (1999-2002), Director of Student and Diversity Programs at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah (1996-1999), and Coordinator for Student Services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1994-1996).

As a community leader, Cedric has received several honors and awards including Weyerhaeuser Company's MLK Living the Dream Award (2013), the Business Examiner's Top 40 Under 40 (2012), Brotherton Community Champion Award (2012), African-American Community Consortium's Father of the Year (2010), and Bay News 9 & Outback Steakhouse of Tampa Bay's Everyday Hero Award for Community Service (2006). His work has been featured in several publications include the Insight Into Diversity magazine (December 2013 edition), The News Tribune newspaper (front page feature article, January 21, 2013) and several local & regional community related TV productions. In 2013, a documentary entitled "The Spark" highlighting Cedric's work was showcased during the Seattle Film Festival.

During Cedric's free time, you will find him volunteering at one of several local non-profit organizations, coaching a local sports team, or playing golf on his favorite course (Chambers Bay Golf Course, home of the 2015 US Open).