Winston B. Crisp was named vice president for student affairs in July 2019. The veteran university administrator oversees a USC Student Affairs staff of more than 300 employees who serve about 20,000 undergraduate and 27,500 graduate and professional students. The division is responsible for overseeing everything from student services to recreational sports, as well as the university’s nearly 1,000 student organizations.
Crisp formerly served as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked tirelessly to create a sense of belonging among students and was known for his close relationship with students.
During his tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill, Crisp led several initiatives to enhance student wellbeing, including a mental health task force that assessed the scope of needs for students and provided important recommendations on new policies and programs. He also advised other universities on student affairs issues, such as serving as a volunteer on loan to Virginia Tech in the wake of its mass shooting.
At USC, Crisp leads a division currently focused on enhancing student mental health, equity and inclusion, healthy relationships and substance-free social activities.
Crisp earned his undergraduate degree at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his law degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. He then joined the law school as its first assistant dean for student affairs and first associate dean for student services.