Joseph Defraine Greenwell serves as vice president for student affairs in University Life. A leader and strategic partner in student affairs for more than 20 years, he has served at University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State, Stanford, Colgate and Vanderbilt Universities. In his role at University Life, Joseph partners with Columbia's 17 schools, central student services and students, staff and faculty on a wide range of student affairs and campus climate topics. He focuses on wellness and mental well-being, equity and inclusion, and community citizenship in order to best support students at Columbia and beyond.
Joseph received his doctorate of education in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University, where he also earned his bachelor's of music and master's in education degrees. He is passionate about the arts, plays piano, enjoys exercise and hiking and is excited to collaborate with all members of the Columbia University community to continually enhance the student experience.