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Creating campus culture

The Office of Student Life exists to provide a growing Christian community and create a culture that emphasizes student leadership opportunities, fosters character development, enhances academic success, develops cultural competencies, and prepares students for Christ-inspired leadership roles in a local and global society.

The vision of Student Life is to:

  • complement the academic purpose of the University by offering students supportive resources designed to inspire excellent thought;
  • provide students with ample opportunities to develop a character of integrity and to shape a life of generous service;
  • foster a community committed to balanced, healthy living designed to inspire a beautiful way of life; and,
  • encourage students through various activities, programs, and partnerships to nurture a strong working relationship with God.


In the Office of Student Life we believe that through our collaboration across campus, students will be provided quality co-curricular programs and services that promote wholistic student success. Our staff is dedicated to creating a positive spiritual, social, and academic atmosphere through a support system that assists students in their personal and professional development. We believe in providing students with a variety of excellent leadership opportunities, as well as offering quality mentorship to develop leadership skills. We are committed to preparing students for success in both their vocation and in a joy-filled life of local and global service. Finally, we believe in leading, by example, our students to a faith-filled life of discipleship and learning in the footsteps of Jesus Christ within the faith tradition of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

The Walla Walla University Student Handbook and Code of Conduct provides current and prospective WWU students with an overview of social, physical, and spiritual life at WWU. Students living in either a residence hall or in the community are encouraged to use the handbook to become familiar with their rights and responsibilities as members of the WWU community. Contents include:

  • Student Handbook
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Drug and Alcohol Policy
  • Sexual Misconduct and Sex Discrimination Policy

Common questions about student conduct policies and processes >

Student Life leadership team

Doug Tilstra

Vice President for Student Life

(509) 527-2511

As vice president for Student Life, Doug oversees the department and offices of Athletics, Residential Life & Housing, Campus Ministries, Dean of Students, and Campus Security. Doug, who came to Walla Walla in 2017, previously held the position of director of outdoor education and leadership at Southern Adventist University. He has more than 20 years of experience as a pastor, professor, and director.

David Iwasa

Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Dean of Students

(509) 527-2542 

Courtney Bryant

Campus Security Director

(509) 527-2222 

As Campus Security director, Courtney oversees security, emergency preparedness, and safety on the College Place campus. Courtney, who came to Walla Walla in 2014 previously served at the Riverside County Probation Department working with troubled youth. 

Find more information on safety services, security policies, vehicle registration, emergency preparedness, and more on Campus Security website.

Eric Cantrell

Athletics Director

(509) 527-2887 

As Athletics director, Eric oversees WWU's varsity sports program. 

Find more information on athletics programs, game schedules, and more at

Albert Handal

Campus Chaplain

(509) 527-2010

As lead campus chaplain, Albert oversees student missions, Weeks of Worship, vespers, and a host of other Campus Ministries programs. 

Find more information on the campus ministries, student missions, and more on the Chaplain's Office web page.

Sheila Meharry

Administrative Assistant

(509) 527-2511

As administrative assistant to the vice president of Student Life, Sheila manages the office and provides faculty, staff, and student support. Sheila, a Walla Walla Valley native, has worked at WWU for over 23 years, first in the WWU Library before joining the office of Student Life in 2004.

Michelle Naden

Director of Counseling and Testing Center

(509) 527-2147

Michelle has over 20 years of experience as a faculty member at Loma Linda University and Seattle Pacific University, where she directed graduate clinical training programs. She is a licensed family therapist and has practiced in several private practice settings within multi-disciplinary teams of providers. Michelle graduated from Loma Linda University with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and she earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of Southern California, with a special emphasis in Family Therapy. 

Find more information on standardized tests, counseling services, and more by visiting the pages of Counseling and Testing Center

Annette Riebe

Dean of Residence and Student Life (Portland Campus)

(503) 251-6118 ext. 17353 

As dean of Residence and Student Life, Annette oversees students' residential experience at WWU's Portland campus for the School of Nursing. Annette, a graduate of WWU, previously worked as associate dean of women at Pacific Union College. 

For more information on the Portland School of Nursingand housing in Hansen Hall online.

Kristen Taylor

Director of Residential Life and Housing

(509) 527-2539 

As director of Residential Life and Housing, Kristen oversees four residential halls (Conard, Foreman, Meske, and Sittner), Village Housing, and the Homebase program. Kristen, who graduated from WWU in 2005 and served in residential life at Southern Adventist University and Indiana Academy, has served in WWU's resident halls since 2011. 

Find more information about residence halls, village housing, the Homebase program, and more on the pages for Residential Life & Housing

Last update on August 26, 2019