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Dr. Tadarrayl Starke Appointed Vice Provost for Student Success

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Tadarrayl Starke as our new Vice Provost for Undergraduate Student Success, effective July 1. Dr. Starke’s extensive background and proven leadership in enhancing student success make him exceptionally suited for this role, and we are fortunate to have such a visionary leader joining our senior administrative team.

Dr. Starke has been an integral part of the UConn family as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, where he has overseen a diverse and expansive division. His leadership has been instrumental in supporting key programs such as the First-Year Programs and Learning Communities department, the Academic Achievement Center, and the Office of Student Retention. His efforts have significantly enriched our student support services and have played a crucial role in our institution’s strides towards enhanced academic and community engagement across all campuses.

Prior to his tenure at UConn, Dr. Starke made significant impacts at Florida State University as the Director and Department Chair for the Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement (CARE). There, he led initiatives that dramatically increased retention and graduation rates, particularly for first-generation and low-income students. These achievements contributed to FSU’s rise in national rankings and underscored Dr. Starke’s expertise in elevating academic success through inclusive and comprehensive strategies.

Dr. Starke’s vision for the role of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Student Success at UConn is to cultivate an environment where academic performance is integrated with deep and meaningful engagement to address the multifaceted needs of our student body. He plans to enhance our educational practices by focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, which are essential for fostering a thriving academic community.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the search committee, chaired by Vice Provost Dan Schwartz, for their exceptional work throughout the search process. Their commitment to thoroughness and excellence has been crucial in selecting a candidate whose vision and values align so closely with our institutional goals.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Tadarrayl Starke to his new role. We eagerly anticipate the innovative contributions he will bring, enhancing our commitment to student success and setting new benchmarks for academic excellence and student well-being.

Anne D’Alleva, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President
University of Connecticut
Office of the Provost
352 Mansfield Road, U-1086
Storrs CT 06269-1086
Tel. 860-486-4037

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