Jarvis K. Purnell joins Elizabeth City State University as the Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement.
Mr. Purnell’s portfolio includes oversight of student leadership development and student engagement, including the student centers, intramural sports, the Student Activities Council, and Greek life. Purnell coordinates student volunteerism, along with commuter and non-traditional student services. Purnell serves as the senior advisor to the Student Government Association, the Royal Court, and the National Society for Leadership and Success. In addition, he joins both the student conduct and emergency response teams within the division.
Prior to joining ECSU, Jarvis Purnell was the Director of Residence Life & Services at West Virginia State University, the state’s oldest HBCU. He managed all aspects of the on-campus living/learning experience: strategic planning and retention initiatives for residential students, occupancy management, residence education, facilities operation, and student conduct. The on-campus population grew to historic numbers under Purnell’s leadership.
Purnell’s prior career also includes serving as the Director of Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services and Director of Military Student Services at Northern Illinois University. His leadership helped improve student engagement and retention initiatives for these large and complex student demographics. During his tenure, Purnell also established signature events for both departments and lead efforts that garnered both areas national recognition.
Purnell holds a B.S. in industrial engineering & technology and M.S.Ed. in higher education administration from Northern Illinois University. Throughout his career, he has served students at a variety of institutional types working in the areas of career services, leadership development, retention, student activities, and social justice education. Mr. Purnell has taught first-year, second-year, and leadership courses. Jarvis is the recipient of a number of awards from various civic, fraternal, and professional organizations.