Tulane announces new vice president for student affairs

July 23, 2014

Arthur Nead
Phone: 504-247-1443


J. Davidson “Dusty” Porter, vice president for student affairs

J. Davidson “Dusty” Porter has been named the new vice president for student affairs at Tulane University, following a national search. Porter’s tenure will begin July 28, 2014.

Porter holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Emory University, a master of education in higher education and student affairs from the University of Vermont and a doctorate in college student personnel management from the University of Maryland, College Park.  His doctoral dissertation on Leadership Self Efficacy and Identity Formation received a research award (1997) from the American College Personnel Association.

“I am so excited to be joining the Tulane family as the next vice president of student affairs,” says Porter. “I am very impressed by the commitment of the Student Affairs staff and look forward to working with Provost Michael Bernstein and the entire Tulane community in focusing on creating an outstanding Tulane student experience from arrival to graduation.”

Before his selection as vice president of student affairs by Tulane, Porter served for eight years as vice president of student affairs at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in Baltimore, Maryland. MICA is the nation’s oldest independent private college of art and design. 

During his time at MICA, Porter led strategic efforts to transform the Career Center, the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development and the Wellness Center.  He also worked with senior leadership to add two new residence halls and a new dining facility to the campus.  

Earlier, Porter held professional positions at Emory University, the Metropolitan State College of Denver, the American Psychological Association and Accenture’s Change Management Division.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000