Dr. Holstege Steps Into New Roles With Student Affairs

September 1, 2023 by

Directly from UVA Today:

Cedric Rucker and doctor Holstege professionally dressed and standing in a colonnade

Cedric Bernard Rucker, left, is serving as interim senior associate vice president and dean of students. Dr. Chris Holstege, right, is interim vice president and chief student affairs officer. Together, they work to ensure student success in and out of the classroom. (Photo by Erin Edgerton, University Communications)

New roles for Dr. Chris Holstege include interim vice president and chief student affairs officer.

“This was not, for either of us, to advance our careers,” Holstege said. “We both have had very successful careers and have enjoyed our time. But we’re both exceedingly committed to the students.”

Holstege has served UVA 24 years. He is the executive director of UVA Student Health and Wellness. He’s a faculty member with appointments in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. He’s the chief of UVA’s Division of Medical Toxicology and the director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center.

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Holstege, a longtime UVA faculty member, has been a leader in Student Affairs more than a decade. He is also the executive director of Student Health and Wellness. (Photo by Erin Edgerton, University Communications)

He’s been awarded a slew of educational honors, including induction into the UVA Medical School’s Academy of Distinguished Educators. A former chair of the Faculty Senate, Holstege is a prolific author, contributing to or writing more than 200 publications and 10 books. He’s also one of the University’s most quoted leaders. A story featuring his expertise on snake bites, for example, was one of UVA Today’s top stories last year, while Holstege’s research on suicide attempts by children and teens during the pandemic was cited in national news stories.

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