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Creighton names new VP for Student Life

May 28, 2024
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Eric Baldwn

Eric Baldwin, DMin, vice president for student development at the University of Lynchburg in Virginia, has been named vice provost for Student Life at Creighton University, effective June 24. Baldwin brings more than 30 years of experience in student affairs to the position.
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Baldwin to Creighton,” said Mardell Wilson, EdD, RDN, University provost. “Providing a supportive, welcoming community for our students – a place where they can learn, grow, serve and strive to reach their fullest potential – is such an important part of our Jesuit mission and culture. Dr. Baldwin, throughout his career, has focused on building strong connections between academic affairs and student affairs and promoting holistic approaches to the student experience.”
At the University of Lynchburg, Baldwin oversees and manages all aspects of student life through the Division of Student Development. He led the reorganization of the division from 13 separate offices to three strategic portfolios: wellness and belonging, community development, and leadership development and student experience.
A first-generation college graduate, Baldwin received his undergraduate degree in political science from Appalachian State University. He later earned a master’s degree in student personnel administration from James Madison University before completing a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary.

During my visit to campus, I was reminded how special Jesuit higher education is, and how needed its mission is in the world.
— Eric Baldwin, DMin

“I am thrilled and honored to become a part of the Creighton University and Omaha communities,” Baldwin said. “During my visit to campus, I was reminded how special Jesuit higher education is, and how needed its mission is in the world.
“I am encouraged by the passion of the faculty and the dedication of the staff, but more importantly, I am excited to work with the students. During my on-campus interviews, the group of students I met with impressed me with their leadership experiences, their research and their commitment to Jesuit values. They told me to rub the beak of Billy Bluejay if I wanted to return, and I made sure to request that during my campus tour.”
Baldwin started his career in student life as a graduate hall director at James Madison University in 1989. He has served as dean of student affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina; director of professional academic advising at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia; and assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Baldwin joined the University of Lynchburg, a private, coeducational university in central Virginia, in November 2021.