Dr. Aurélio Manuel Valente
Higher Education Leader in Chicago, Illinois
With 25 years of progressive experience in the administration of higher education, Dr. Aurélio Manuel Valente currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Governors State University (GSU).
Responsibilities as Chief Student Affairs Officer includes supervision of a diverse portfolio of departments that comprise academic support services; including writing support and supplemental instruction, athletics and recreation, career services, disability services, diversity and social justice programs, physical health and mental health counseling, residential life, student life, and veterans affairs. In addition, Dr. Valente oversees enrollment management functions that include admissions and recruiting, registrar, international student services, and financial aid.
Dr. Valente’s research interests include institutional efforts to promote student engagement and academic success and the study of student development in the first year of college. He has published several articles regarding first-year experience, service–learning, and ethics in higher education in the Journal of College and Character and served as a contributing chapter author for the third and fourth editions of The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration.
Most recently, Dr. Valente has been the Principle Investigator (PI), or co-PI, for two grants addressing equity gaps in student success rates, including authoring two articles entitled “Building an equity-minded pathway for transfer students” published in Peer Review and in a national report recently released by the American Association of Colleges and Universities entitled “A Vision for Equity.”