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Campbell Named Assistant Dean of Campus Engagement, Leadership and Careers

July 20, 2020

Director of Career Center Rocky Campbell has been promoted to assistant dean of campus engagement, leadership and careers effective August 1. Rocky will oversee the departments and programs tasked with re-imagining the student experience at L&C, and significantly enhancing the overall social, cultural, and community aspects of the L&C experience. Departments and programs that will be clustered under Rocky’s leadership include the offices of Student Engagement (formerly the office of Student Activities), Student Leadership and Service, the Career Center, and Club Sports. Rocky will also direct and manage the Templeton Student Center, and will play a key leadership role in the renovation and expansion of the facility.

The Campus Engagement division will also work very closely with the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark and student media. Rocky will also continue to oversee the overall operations of the Career Center.

“Clustering engagement activities under one leader and developing a clear mission and direction as to how we will re-imagine the student experience at L&C is a core goal of the Division of Student Life,” Vice President for Student Life Robin Holmes-Sullivan said. “I was so impressed with Rocky’s leadership of the Campus Engagement Initiative we launched last year that helped us to assess just what students want in regards to Templeton and new student housing. It was natural to think of him as we envisioned creating a new division of Campus Engagement.”

Rocky began his career at L&C five years ago as the director of the Career Center after serving as COO of Relocation Coordinates International, where he spent over ten years assisting organizations develop and implement strategies for their talent acquisition and assignment needs. During this time, Rocky also served on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Alumni, where he chaired the Communications and Career Support committees.

As a Lewis & Clark graduate, Rocky has a deep appreciation for and understanding of the student experience. A double major in German studies and sociology/anthropology, he studied abroad in Germany. During his time at L&C he was on staff at the PioLog, KLC, and Polyglot. A Phi Beta Kappa member and Student Academic Affairs Board grant recipient, Rocky also led the German Club and co-chaired the Student Athletics Advisory Committee. As a member of the tennis team, Rocky was a two-time ITA Academic All American, CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-American, Pamplin Athletic Club Scholar Athlete of the Year, All-Northwest Conference Honorable Mention, and won the Northwest Conference Sportsmanship Award.

As he steps into the new role, Rocky will continue to lead the Career Center, focusing on higher level integrations of the Career Center’s work across campus, while his colleagues focus on the continued growth of the office’s programs and services.

“It’s been a privilege to work with such amazing colleagues in the Career Center,” Rocky said. “Their professional dedication is only surpassed by their dedication to our students.” 

In his new role, Rocky is excited for the opportunities ahead. “We offer an incredible amount of opportunities for students at Lewis & Clark. I’m looking forward to increasing engagement with these co-curricular learning experiences through the use of high impact practices and student-centered design while aligning them with our community’s core interests and learning outcomes,” Rocky said.

Rocky received a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and German Studies from Lewis & Clark, an MS in Sport Studies from Miami University and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from U.C.S.D. and Alliant University.