Winthrop University: Jamie Cooper Profile

Name: Jamie Cooper
Title: Vice Provost for Student Success
Education: Ph.D.,Virginia Tech
M.S.,Virginia Tech
M.A., Tennessee Tech University
B.S., Tennessee Tech University
Office: 209 Dinkins Hall
Phone: 803/323-3900
Web: Academic Affairs
Area(s): Developmental psychology, student development theory, college-to-career in the liberal arts and sciences.


Division of Academic Affairs


As Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of University College, Jamie Cooper provides leadership and support for student success initiatives at Winthrop and serves as the institutional lead to coordinate operations and initiatives that increase retention and graduation rates, and sustains processes that bridge Academic Affairs and Student Affairs units and staff. As Dean of University College, he manages operations and connections between student support service units that include the Academic Success Center, Office of First Year Experience, University College Academic Advising and LEAP Program, International Center, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, Undergraduate Research, Honors Program, TRiO Achievers, McNair Scholars, Leadership Studies, The Floyd Scholars Program, The West Forum for Politics and Policy, as well as coordination of general education assessment.

Immediately prior to Winthrop, Cooper served as the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, where he led institutional efforts in the development and approval of new undergraduate academic programs and courses, evaluation of course scheduling practices, refinement of academic policies, and compliance with regional accreditation standards and state legislative mandates. Before his time at VCU, he served as Associate Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he managed a broad portfolio of services focused on student retention and academic success, including academic and career advising, orientation and new student programs, international programs and services, multicultural advising services and LGBTQ Center, services for students with disabilities, and six TRIO grants. He also served as an associate dean of academic affairs for 12 years at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, where he led efforts focused on recruitment, advising, retention, and graduation of undergraduate students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, serving 6500 students across 10 departments and 11 interdisciplinary programs.

Cooper's teaching experience in higher education includes courses in pre-natal, infant and child development, lifespan development, human sexuality, disability studies, as well as first year experience courses and college-to-career courses for the social sciences. Jamie has presented nationally on the value of a liberal arts and sciences education, as well as fostering collaboration across academic affairs and students affairs. He has served two terms as Chair of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Academic Affairs, and received the Award for Outstanding Service to ACPA in 2012.

Cooper is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Arts in educational psychology and counselor education.  He also holds a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in psychology (with a concentration in developmental science) from Virginia Tech.

Last updated by rayj 07/13/2022

Last Updated: 7/13/22