Office of Dean of Students
Dean of Students - Dr. Gabe Willis
Administrative Assistant IV - Dawn Starkey
Meet the Dean
Dr. Gabe Willis became a member of the Southeastern family in August of 2013. He was hired as an Academic Advisor in the Center for Student Excellence where he worked to challenge, engage, and grow young freshman minds. During that time Dr. Willis cross trained in the Office of Student Conduct; serving as a Student Conduct Hearing Board member and chairperson. This training allowed him expand his role and duties at the University. Dr. Willis served the Center for Student Excellence and Office of Student Conduct before being named the Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability on December 5, 2016.
Since accepting the role as Director, Willis has worked to increase his involvement and productivity at Southeastern. He has also spearheaded the University’s early alert system, The Lion Intervention Network or LINK. Dr. Willis has lead and served on a number of committees including, the Alcohol Use and Education Advisory Committee, University Policy on Hazing, and Student Opinion of Teaching Survey (SOT) Committee to name a few. Dr. Willis has also been appointed as Deputy Title IX Coordinator where he oversees the Campus Assault, Response, and Education Team (CARE). In the Fall 2018 semester, Dr. Willis was appointed to Interim Dean of Students.
Dr. Willis is a native of Waveland, MS. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Willis continued his educational journey at William Carey University where he completed degree requirements for a Specialist in Education in 2012 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration in 2015.