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Dr. John J. King, Vice President of Student Life

John J. King joined the Roger Williams University community as Chief Student Life officer during the summer of 2004. John has worked within higher education as a student affairs professional since 1984.

Prior to 2004, John worked at Stonehill College, serving as Associate Vice President & Dean of Student Life, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life.

Before his Stonehill experience John worked at Holy Cross for 6 years as an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Intramural Sports. A member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, he has served on the Region One advisory board, chaired a regional conference and served as co-coordinator of volunteers for a national conference.

He holds a B.S. in Administration of Law and Justice and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and his master's degree in Counselor Education from Plymouth State College in N.H. where he served as a Residence Director and Asst. Wrestling Coach.

Dr. King earned his doctorate from University of Massachusetts-Boston Higher Education & Leadership program, where his research was on social norms theory.

Scott Yonan, Assistant to Vice President of Student Life/ Director of Special Projects

After graduating from Roger Williams College in 1977 with a B.A. in Psychology and American Studies, Scott was off to North Texas State University where he served as the International Programs Specialist. He returned to Roger Williams in 1986 and worked as the International Student Advisor. He then created the college's English as a Second Language program and served as Director of the ESL/International Center for 15 years. In 2002 Scott became Special Assistant and Ombudsman to the Office of the President, and in the spring of 2009 began work as Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life and Director of Special Projects. Scott spends much of his time working on the coordination of the University's sustainability efforts.