Charles Snyder, PhD, MPH, EdM, has been promoted to the role of assistant vice chancellor for the Office of Student Affairs and Community Engagement at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. Snyder previously served as director of the Office of Student Affairs and Community Engagement, which includes Student Affairs, Student Life, Health Career Programs, Student Conduct, the UTHSC Campus Cupboard, and Health Disparities Education. He also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Interprofessional Education in the College of Graduate Health Sciences and as the institution’s Chief Student Affairs Officer.
“I am truly grateful for the support received from the administration for advancing student affairs on campus and in shaping our vision for engaging students and the community in the work that we do,” Dr. Snyder said. “I am honored to receive this recognition and the opportunity to enhance the student experience at UTHSC. I very much look forward to seeing the impact of our programs grow and change the lives of our students and the communities they serve.”
Dr. Snyder has served as the director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Community Engaged Care, since 2018. He led the campus through a successful planning process for the QEP. The plan was fully approved during the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges virtual onsite visit in September.
“Dr. Snyder’s promotion serves as a recognition of his contributions to health disparities education, student affairs, and community engagement,” said Lori Gonzalez, PhD, vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs. “His commitment to social justice and health equity is being realized in many innovative projects that engage our students and faculty in this important work. These efforts will benefit our graduates and the communities where they will live and work.”
The Office of Student Affairs and Community Engagement provides institution-wide service, leadership, and counsel to colleges on issues related to student affairs. The office has launched several innovative programs to help meet students’ social needs, create pathways for meaningful engagement in the community, and to help students to recognize and address the social determinants of health. Dr. Snyder also collaborates with the colleges to offer in-class curriculum related to health equity.