Introduction

Welcome to the webpage of the vice president for student and academic affairs for the Southern Illinois University system. My primary responsibility is to interface with the university’s president and the two main campuses on all issues relating to student issues and academic programs. 

The SIU campuses offer a complete collegiate experience, with each campus offering over 200 academic majors, renovated academic/athletic facilities, and state-of-the-art libraries --- all nestled in the natural beauty of southern Illinois. 

My office’s goal is to ensure that each of the campuses continue to grow and provide every current and future student with a valuable and marketable degree.  Moreover every SIU student should have a college experience that enhances their mental, physical, and cultural abilities, which could include participating in one of our numerous intramural or sport clubs, Greek organizations, or registered student organizations.  In addition to support for our students, SIU has been acknowledged for its commitment to community engagement.  The services provided by faculty, staff and students are important resources to the region and can enhance students’ academic experience.

Lastly, our students benefit from the excellent work of our renowned faculty. Their cutting-edge research and strong classroom teaching is what makes our faculty so special. Most importantly, students work closely with our faculty in their laboratories to enhance undergraduate student research opportunities – a real benefit that allows SIU to stand apart from other higher education institutions.

I know you are as excited as I am about the unending possibilities. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or thoughts about our SIU family.

Sincerely,

Brad Colwell
VPSAA