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Dr. John J. King, Vice President of Student Life

John J. King joined the Roger Williams University community as Chief Student Life officer during summer 2004. John has worked within higher education as a student affairs professional since 1984.

For the previous 12 years, John worked at Stonehill College, most recently as Associate Vice President & Dean of Student Life and previously in the positions of Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life.

Before his Stonehill experience John worked at Holy Cross for 6 years as an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Intramural Sports. A member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, he has served on the Region One advisory board, chaired a regional conference and served as co-coordinator of volunteers for a national conference.

He holds a B.S. in Administration of Law and Justice and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and his master's degree in Counselor Education from Plymouth State College in N.H. where he served as a Residence Director and Asst. Wrestling Coach.

Dr. King received his doctorate from University of Massachusetts-Boston Higher Education & Leadership program, where his research was on social norms theory.

Dr. Kathleen McMahon, Dean of Students

Dr. Kathleen McMahon arrived in her new position during summer 2004 and has primary responsibility supervising leadership positions in the Department of Student Life (Residence Life, Housing), the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards and the Office of Multicultural & International Student Affairs.

Kathleen spent the previous 2 years as Dean of Students & Chief Student Affairs officer at Marlboro College in Vermont. Previously, Kathleen served as an Associate Dean of Students at UCLA for 7 years where she also taught several courses centered on leadership and service learning.

In addition, Kathleen worked for 2 years as a Residence Director at Boston University and has 5 years of related professional experience in counseling and social work in a variety of settings.

She holds a Doctor of Education degree from UCLA in Educational Leadership and her dissertation explored the development of a leadership program for female college students.

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Philosophy, she also earned an M.S. from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Scott Yonan, Assistant to Vice President of Student Life/ Director of Special Projects

After graduating from Roger Williams College in 1977 with a B.A. in Psychology and American Studies, Scott was off to North Texas State University where he served as the International Programs Specialist. He returned to Roger Williams in 1986 and worked as the International Student Advisor. He then created the college's English as a Second Language program and served as Director of the ESL/International Center for 15 years. In 2002 he became Special Assistant and Ombudsman to the Office of the President and in the spring of 2009 began work as Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life and Director of Special Projects. He spends much of his time working on coordination of the University's sustainability efforts.