Conference Keynote

Dr. Lua Hancock
Assistant Provost for Student Success
Stetson University

Dr. Lua Hancock has over 14 years experience in higher education. She has worked as the Director of Residential Life and Housing, as the Project Director of the Title V grants at Nova Southeastern University, and is currently the Assistant Provost for Student Success at Stetson University.

Dr. Hancock has extensive experience in multiple areas of student affairs including residential life and housing. Her accomplishments in this role have included supervising and mentoring professional, graduate level, and student staff; developing theme housing and living learning communities; reconstructing residential educational curriculum and program models; implementing a faculty fellows program; creating an assessment plan for residential life and housing; and assistance with the opening and renovation of residence halls.

Dr. Hancock is accomplished in current student success practices based on national research and institution specific assessment and data collection. In her role as the Assistant Provost at Stetson University, she oversees Career Development and Academic Advising, the Academic Success Center (including services for students with differing abilities and tutoring), the Center for Community Engagement, the One Stop Shop. In this role she has worked to increase retention, co-chaired the launch of a strategic enrollment management plan, and chaired the SACS QEP process.

Dr. Hancock has presented nationally (including a national NASPA webinar and at conferences including AAC&U and AACRAO) on the collaboration between academic and student affairs. She is also involved with NASPA’s national Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community (SAPAA KC) and is the SAPPAA KC chair for the State of Florida.

She has a passion for working with students and acting as a diversity advocate on college campuses. Through this, Dr. Hancock has advised many student clubs, and organizations (including Baha’i Unity Club, the Resident Student Association, and Voices for Women). She has been involved with diversity initiatives on several university and college campuses including Relay for Life, Take back the Night, the Wall of Hate, Interfaith Dialogues, and the Do Something Different Campaign. She is actively involved locally in service and has worked with Habitat for Humanity in Uganda. 

Dr. Hancock has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rollins College, a Master’s of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Her husband teaches Sports marketing at Full Sail University and they have two sons.

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