Appel-Silbaugh Named Dean of Students

Cara Appel-Silbaugh
Cara Appel-Silbaugh

Veteran student affairs administrator Cara D. Appel-Silbaugh has been named dean of students by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life Enku Gelaye.

Appel-Silbaugh, who is currently senior associate dean of students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is expected to assume her new duties on Jan. 22. At Georgia Tech, she works closely with graduate students and undergraduates in crisis, partnered with campus colleagues to support student success and provided oversight for the office of disability services, new student and sophomore programs, and parent and family programs. 

Prior to her appointment as associate dean of students at Georgia Tech in 2011, Appel-Silbaugh was director of parent relations and programs at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for three years. Over her 20-plus years in student affairs, she has also served as assistant dean of students and director of student conduct at Chapman College in Orange, Calif. (2007-08), coordinator of the student honor council at the University of Maryland (2004-07), facility director at Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Maryland (2003-07), assistant dean of student affairs at Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD (2002-03), coordinator of new student programs and Greek affairs at California State University San Marcos (2000-02) and an admission and financial aid counselor at the University of Pittsburgh (1996-98).

Appel-Silbaugh graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, cum laude with a B.A. in film studies and a minor in communications. She also holds a master’s in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, and received her doctoral degree in college student personnel administration from the University of Maryland. Her dissertation on Student Honor Council Cultural Influence on Members’ Development was a finalist for the NASPA Hardee Dissertation of the Year.