Shimer College

Joseph Fitzpatrick

I have always seen Student Life as a career that attracts navigators. At some point in each of our lives, we were guided by a parent, a teacher, or a friend. Each of us in turn now spends our days guiding others.

When students enter college they form definitions of success for themselves – academic success, personal success, professional success, etc. Between the students’ first day and the achievement of success lies a series of obstacles. These obstacles can be small ones such as procrastination, uncertainty about majors and relationships, or large ones such as alcohol and drug abuse, learning disabilities, and social pressures. The role of Student Life professionals is to help students navigate through these various obstacles by connecting them to resources, helping them to develop essential skills, and empowering them to find their own way.




Chief Operating Officer & Dean of Students

In Brief

“Go to the people, live among them, learn from them, start with what they know, build on what they have; but of the best leaders, when their task is accomplished, their work is done the people all remark, ‘We have done it ourselves.’” -Lao-Tzu