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Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs to retire in July

Scroggs first joined MU in 1985 and has served as vice chancellor since 2003.

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Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor for student affairs, speaks at the MSA presidential inauguration April 13, 2017.

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Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor for student affairs, has announced that she will retire on July 31.

Scroggs completed her doctorate in higher education administration at MU and has served as vice chancellor since 2003, according to a news release.

“Mizzou has been my home for 32 years, and I’m very proud of the work we have done to support and serve students,” Scroggs said in the news release. “Students come first in Student Affairs, and that will never change.”

At MU, Scroggs previously served as director of student life, assistant director of residential and Greek life and assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs, according to the release.

When she first accepted the role of vice chancellor, Scroggs told The Maneater that someone in that position needs to see “the big picture.”

“I tell everyone I interview for a position in the division, ‘You must love working with students. If you don’t then you [don’t] belong in Student Affairs,’” Scroggs said in an email Friday.

During her time as vice chancellor, the Division of Student Affairs has renovated Memorial Union, Brewer Fieldhouse and Rothwell Gymnasium, created the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center and given the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center a physical space.

Scroggs also “helped lobby for the creation of the LGBTQ Resource Center” when she was assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs, according to the news release.

"I hope I'll be able to respond to the needs, questions and concerns of individual students," Scroggs told The Maneater when she began as vice chancellor. "I hope if students see barriers that prevent them from having a positive experience, they talk to me, and I hope to remove those barriers."

According to the Student Affairs website, Scroggs has been a member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, served as a board president of the Heart of Missouri United Way and was a member of the board of the Voluntary Action Center.

“Someone told me you’ll know when you’re ready and I just knew I’m ready,” she said in the email Friday.

Scroggs said she’s been contemplating retirement for the past two years.

No decision has been made yet on her replacement, MU spokesman Christian Basi said in an email.

Edited by Kyle LaHucik | klahucik@themaneater.com

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