Student Affairs Leadership Team

Vice President of Student Affairs

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Debra Merchant

Vice President of Student Affairs

Vice President's Welcome

Our staff work create a vibrant, supportive learning community where you can develop and thrive.

VPSA Debra Merchant

Bearcats -

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, welcome to UC! Student Affairs is committed to your well-being and success both inside and outside the classroom. Our staff work hard to provide services and programs to enhance your success and create a vibrant, supportive learning community where you can develop and thrive. 

Our division is comprised of over 20 departments that support and enhance your journey at UC. We encourage you to learn more about these resources, visit our offices, get to know us, and reach out for help when you need it! If you are unable to identify an office that can support your need or concern, please contact us at or 513-556-4119. We are here to help!

Debra Spotts Merchant, JD
Vice President of Student Affairs

Leadership Team

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Brandi Elliott

Executive Director of Identity & Inclusion


Functional Units: African American Cultural & Resource Center, Ethnic Programs & Services, LGBTQ Center, Women's Center

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Juan Guardia

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students


Functional Units: Bearcat Bands, Dean of Students Office, Parent & Family Programs, Resident Education & Development, Student Conduct & Community Standards

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Renee Hargrove

Director of Business Affairs


Functional Units: Financial Administration, Human Resources, IT

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Nicole Mayo

Assistant Vice President for Engagement & Assessment


Functional Units: Center for Community Engagement, Commencement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities & Leadership Development

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Heidi Pettyjohn

Executive Director for Accessibility, University ADA Coordinator, University EIT Accessibility Coordinator


Functional Units: Accessibility Resources (Clifton, Blue Ash, Clermont), Office of Institutional Accessibility

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Tara Scarborough

Executive Director of Mental Health & Wellness


Functional Units: Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Wellness Center

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Felicia Wallace

Assistant Vice President for Academic Excellence & Support Services


Functional Units: Gen-1 Theme House, 1MPACT House, McNair Scholars Program, Testing Services, Veterans Programs and Services