Mari Ross-Alexander has been selected as the new associate vice president for Student Health and Well-Being at the University of South Carolina.
Beginning July 17, Ross-Alexander will provide visionary, strategic and operational leadership for developing a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to student health and well-being. She will lead the three units that comprise Student Health and Well-Being – Student Health Services, Campus Recreation and Substance Abuse Prevention and Education – ensuring that the units work cohesively to advance USC student wellness.
“I’m honored to welcome Mari Ross-Alexander to the University of South Carolina and the Gamecock family,” Vice President for Student Affairs and Academic Support Rex Tolliver said. “She’s a transformational leader with a passion for student health and well-being. Her experience developing and leading comprehensive student-centered programs along with her commitment to overall student success makes her the ideal choice. I look forward to her joining the senior leadership team as we further enhance the student experience.”
Ross-Alexander has more than 10 years of experience in higher education and currently serves as associate vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her experience includes developing comprehensive health and well-being units, improving operations and service delivery to better support student needs and collaborating with university partners and outside agencies to increase the impact of health and well-being services and programs.
Ross-Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in clinical counseling and sports psychology from Argosy University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University.