WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to announce George Solan as vice president for student affairs.  His appointment was effective January 26.

As chief student affairs officer for the College, Solan oversees the residence life program, the office of chaplain, the health services program, counseling services, career services, student leadership and development programs including student government, and student activities including Greek life.  He also serves as a member of the president’s senior cabinet.

“As Barton’s new vice president for student affairs, George Solan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role, and his background in implementing both traditional and non-traditional student programs, and his commitment to shared governance and open dialogue will enrich our campus life,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., and reared in Greece, N.Y., Solan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from State University of New York College at Cortland, and a Master of Science degree in Education from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure University, N.Y.  He also completed specialized training through the Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference at the University of Vermont and through the WNY Consortium of Chief Student Affairs Officers. In addition, Solan served fours years in the United States Air Force.

Prior to his appointment at Barton, Solan served as vice president for student life at St. Bonaventure University.  During his 27-year tenure at St. Bonaventure, he was integrally involved in a wide range of University programs and initiatives, including the implementation of the University First Year Experience, accreditation reviews, and strategic planning.  Solan’s responsibilities included both traditional and non-traditional areas of student development including residence life, counseling, career development, as well as intramurals, club sports, housekeeping, and events management.

Solan believes student advocacy is fundamental to his responsibilities at Barton.  “Providing a successful student experience is key to the work of the college,” said Solan.  “As a student advocate, I strive to provide encouragement, present opportunity, and give guidance to students who are living in and will be pursuing their careers in a complex and diverse world.  The liberal arts environment provides our students with a unique opportunity to grow not only professionally, but as social beings experiencing life through programs of social justice and community service.”

His professional affiliations include the American College Personnel Association, the Association of Student Judicial Affairs, the Association of College and University Housing Officers, and the Council on Law in Higher Education.
Also active in community service, Solan has worked with the Boy Scouts of America, and is a past member of the board of directors for the United Way of Cattaraugus County and the Literacy Volunteers of Cattaraugus County.

Solan is the son of Clara A. Solan of Rochester, N.Y., and the late Robert O. Solan.  He is married to the former June Tullar of East Chatham, N.Y., and they have one son, Robert.

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.