Office of the Vice President for Student Development

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

Paul Chelsen Headshot October 2022Paul 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.

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Paul is excited for you to meet the rest of his leadership team:
Student Services Building (SSB) Suite 218


Becki Henderson HeadshotBecki Henderson

Administrative Assistant

B.A., Wheaton College, 2002
M.A., Wheaton College, 2017

Becki is excited for the opportunity to work in the Student Development division. She highly values Christian higher education and appreciates working behind-the-scenes to advance the mission of Wheaton College. Prior to her role as the administrative assistant to the Vice President beginning in 2022, she worked at HoneyRock from 2006-2014 and then in Academic and Institutional Technology from 2014-2022.

Becki's strengths are Responsibility, Empathy, Communication, Developer, and Discipline. She enjoys reading books, watching movies, visiting Disney parks, and walking miles and miles around Wheaton.
Student Services Building (SSB) Suite 218

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