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Office of the Vice President for Student Development

Supporting, challenging and influencing students’ identity development in a diverse Christ-centered community.

Paul Chelsen, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Development

B.A., Wheaton College, 1991
M.A., Ball State University, 1992
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 2012

In January 2009, Dr. Chelsen was appointed Wheaton’s third Vice President for Student Development (since 1969). Prior to this appointment, he served for 10 years in Wheaton’s Student Development Division as the Director of Residence Life. Prior to his work at Wheaton, Paul served in various Student Development roles at Ball State University, Coe College, North Central College (IL), and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Asking questions and listening is important to Paul. He is a collaborative problem solver.

College was an important time of growth and development for Paul. He is excited about investing in the growth and development of today’s generation of Wheaton students.

Paul’s strengths are: Responsibility, Connectedness, Restorative, Developer, and Empathy. Paul is process- and people-oriented, with a passion for fostering a learning environment outside the classroom in partnership with Wheaton College Faculty.

Paul is excited for you to meet the rest of his leadership team:

Student Services Building (SSB) Suite 218


Amy Newell

Administrative Assistant

B.A., Concordia University, St. Paul

Amy appreciates the opportunity to support the leadership and mission of the division. She enjoys learning new skills and efficiencies, organizing, serving others, and working with such faithful colleagues. At Wheaton, she values connecting to a Kingdom purpose in her daily work and collaborating with the Student Development team. Prior to her role as the administrative assistant to the Vice President beginning in 2019, she served as the Student Development Office Coordinator for 5 years since 2014.

Amy's strengths are: Empathy, Developer, Connectedness, Input, and Intellection. She loves movie scores, tea, knitting, and cycling along the Fox River bike trails.

Student Services Building (SSB) Suite 218