Enku Gelaye

Vice President and Dean of Campus Life
Emory University

In her role as vice president and dean of Campus Life, Enku Gelaye is responsible for delivering Campus Life’s services and support for more than 15,000 students in areas such as undergraduate residential life, health and wellness, athletics, and civic engagement, among others.

Gelaye also provides strategic and visionary leadership for Emory’s Campus Life division, which is recognized internationally for building a campus culture that reflects Emory’s values and the division’s mission to “enhance the overall student experience and develop adults who are informed, compassionate, conscientious, healthy, and active global citizens.” 

Before coming to Emory, Gelaye served as vice chancellor of student affairs and campus life at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. In that capacity, she provided leadership for more than 600 full-time staff members serving more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Her responsibilities included residential life; multicultural advancement; counseling and psychological health; student success, engagement, and leadership; as well as parent and student programs. 

She brings to Emory more than 20 years of professional experience in higher education. Prior to her role at the University of Massachusetts, Gelaye served that institution as associate vice chancellor and dean of student affairs and campus life. Earlier in her career, she held positions at the University of California–Los Angeles, as executive officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and as associate dean of students in the Office of the Dean of Students, and at the University of Southern California in the Office of Student Conduct.

Gelaye holds a JD from the University of Georgia and a BS in print journalism from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville.