Meet the Dean of Students and Vice Provost

Dr. James "Michael" Mardis
Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Michael Mardis PhotoAs the Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer for the University of Louisville, Dr. Mardis oversees the following units: Housing; Counseling Center; Intramural and Recreational Sports; Student Recreation Center; Career Development Center; Student Government Association (SGA); International Service Learning; Dean of Students Office; Student Involvement & Student Activities Center; Fraternities & Sororities; Clubs & Organizations; Student Programming Board; Student Conduct; Civic Engagement and Leadership; Disability Resource Center; Student Grievance Officer; Student Advocate; Parent Programs; Student Affairs Assessment; Title IX and ADA Compliance; Student Affairs Development; TRIO Student Support Services and International Center.

Dr. Mardis is a three-time graduate of the University of Louisville, having earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development from the University. With 24 years of professional experience working in Student Affairs and Higher Education, Dean Mardis has served on the UofL staff and as a member of the staff senate, as well as serving as an adjunct instructor for graduate programs at Radford University and the University of Louisville. He is currently an affiliated faculty member of the university’s Department of Education Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development.

An active presenter at national conferences, webinars and regional conferences, Dr. Mardis speaks on a wide range of topics, including behavioral intervention teams, emergency response, victim advocacy, student conduct, student engagement, campus safety, pandemic preparation, new professionals, professional balance, student organizations, the power of partnerships, leadership, and international service learning. His colleagues throughout Kentucky recognized him for his leadership with the 2018 College Personnel Association of Kentucky Outstanding Service Award. For his dedicated service to students, the SGA recognized Dr. Mardis with an award named in his honor in 2012, the “Michael Mardis Award for Excellence”.

Having served as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Kentucky Director for three years, Dr. Mardis was also the NASPA Excellence Award Chair for Violence Education and Prevention, Crisis Management, and Campus Security. Additionally, he served his fellow Student Affairs’ colleagues as the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) National Coordinator for Communities of Practice on Threat Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Teams for three years.

Dean Mardis is passionate about creating a vibrant campus life and improving student success. Under his leadership, the University of Louisville campus has experienced record levels of student involvement with over 450 registered student organizations, while student retention rates have improved and graduation rates have risen by 28%. Feel free to contact Dean Mardis with your questions or to share your ideas about improving the University. You can reach him at 852-5787 or via email at

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