Diversity and Inclusion Council


Mary Coburn
Vice President for Student Affairs

Mary B. Coburn was appointed FSU's Vice President for Student Affairs on January 31, 2003. She leads more than 1,600 Division of Student Affairs employees who serve more than 40,000 students.

Her areas of responsibility include: Campus Recreation, Career Center, Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), Center for Leadership and Civic Education, Dean of Students (including New Student and Family Programs, Student Disability Resource Center, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Victim Advocate Program, Withdrawal, and Greek Life), International Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Oglesby Union (including the Askew Student Life and Student Services Buildings and FSU Flying High Circus), University Counseling Center, Student Government Association, Thagard Student Health Center, and University Housing.

Coburn, an FSU alumna, previously served as vice president for Student Affairs of Tallahassee Community College (TCC) from 1995 until 2003. Prior to that role, she served as a counselor at Bainbridge Junior College; returned to her alma mater as the director of student development programs; and the assistant dean of students and director of the orientation center. She was promoted to associate dean of students before moving on to TCC.

A three time alumna, Coburn earned her bachelor's in sociology from FSU in 1974 and her master's in counseling and human systems from FSU in 1976. She went on to earn a doctorate in higher education from FSU in 1992.

Coburn's leadership in the profession on a national level includes serving as national co-chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities' (APLU) Council on Student Affairs and as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) faculty and program director of the Institute for Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers and the 2011 National Conference Chair. She is also an active participant with the ACC Conference vice presidents of student affairs. On the state level, while at TCC, Coburn chaired the Florida Association of Community Colleges' (FACC) Council on Student Affairs. She also served as president of Florida Association of Women Educators. She is also the Director of the Hardee Center for Leadership and Ethics in Education.

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