University of San Francisco Appoints New Vice Provost of Student Life

Julie Orio selected to continue visionary and creative leadership and advocacy for the campus student body

Julie OrioSAN FRANCISCO (July 27, 2016) — The University of San Francisco (USF) has named Julie Orio vice provost of student life. Orio has served as interim vice provost of student life at USF since August 2015, where she has led a team of approximately 140 full-time professionals and 25 graduate students to enliven the university’s Jesuit mission through its co-curricular offices and activities that support the development and success of all students. She will begin her permanent role immediately.

Orio will continue to report to Donald Heller, provost and vice president of academic affairs for USF, and serve on USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald’s executive cabinet, providing counsel to the members regarding overall support and resources for student success. “Julie has proven over the course of the last year that she is more than qualified to take on the position of vice provost on a permanent basis,” Heller said. “She has had a number of challenging tasks to deal with, and she has accomplished all of them to the great benefit of the university and its students. I look forward to continuing to work with her.”

Before assuming the interim position, Julie was associate vice provost and dean of student development from 2012–15. She is a certified Title IX deputy coordinator and has been actively involved in the development of the university’s response protocols to sexual misconduct during her 17-year tenure at USF. She also previously served as a co-educator in the Martin-Baro Scholars Community, which examines issues of citizenship, social justice, and diversity; as the chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women; and as adviser to the university’s Women’s Resource Center (now the Gender and Sexuality Center). She was the co-recipient of a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to reduce high-risk drinking at USF and served as the project director. Orio also helped to create the university’s Emergency Medical Response program, establish recovery housing and gender inclusive housing, and assisted in developing a new reporting system for faculty and staff to help them handle difficult student issues.

“I am honored and excited to officially take on this role and continue my service at USF,” said Orio. “I remain devoted to supporting our students and celebrating in their successes as they grow into globally engaged citizens who will inspire and change the world. I am also incredibly grateful to work with the many compassionate, responsible, and student-centered leaders in the Division of Student Life and look forward to advancing our mission-driven initiatives.”

As the permanent vice provost of student life, Orio will begin the processes of recruitment for the associate vice provost and dean of students position, as well as continuing the search for the senior director of Student Housing and Residential Education. She will be reaching out to students and colleagues to participate in those searches. Working to establish a new African American living/learning community on campus is another of Orio’s top priorities in the year ahead.

Orio holds a bachelor of arts from the College of the Holy Cross, where she majored in anthropology and sociology with a concentration in women’s studies, and a master of education in student personnel administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Beyond her responsibilities at USF, since 2006 she has been actively involved in the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco, serving as board member and chair.

For more information and to request an interview with Julie Orio, please contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto, USF senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or

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