Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Vice President for Student Affairs, Northwestern University
NASPA Board Chair

Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier is a senior student affairs professional with over 20 years of progressively responsible and expansive leadership across institutional types and functional areas. Julie spearheads institution-wide new initiatives based on professional expertise in strategic planning and assessment, cross-functional collaboration, student development, and innovative problem-solving. She demonstrates a history of creating and supervising high-performing teams that deliver results for the institution while also serving and advocating for students.

Julie currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In this role, Julie leads over 30 departments and her responsibilities include providing leadership to the Division of Student Affairs to accomplish its goals of being full partners in the student learning experience and fulfilling the mission of educating students, engaging the community, and enriching the Northwestern experience. Julie leverages administrative connections and campus partnerships to uphold student wellbeing, advance social justice, and foster student learning and community. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and her Masters of Education degree in Student Affairs Administration from Texas A&M University-College Station, and her doctoral degree from Indiana State University. Julie is a recipient of state, regional, national, and international awards for her service to the profession. Among them, she was awarded the Parthenon Award from ACUHO-I, one of the association’s highest honors for her work in Housing and Residence Life. Julie will serve as the Board Chair for NASPA in 2021-2022.

Before joining Northwestern University, Julie served in various student affairs leadership roles, including as the Director of Housing for the University of Southern Indiana, the Assistant Provost for the University College at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) and concurrently, as SIU’s Director of University Housing. Julie is currently a faculty member in the master’s program at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern.  Her research focuses on feminism and women’s issues in higher education, social media use in student affairs, and on organizational management in student affairs/higher education.