Meet the Dean



Dr. Chris Summerlin joined the University of Florida in April of 2024. In his role as the Dean of Students Dr. Summerlin provides leadership for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR); the Center for New Student and Family Programs; and Campus Assistance and Resources for Empowerment (CARE), which also includes oversight for the Hitchcock Field and Fork Pantry, the Collegiate Veterans Success Center, and the medical withdraw process. Additionally, Dr. Summerlin serves as co-chair for both the Behavioral Consultation Team and Crisis Response Team, and holds membership on the university's Emergency Operations Team and Advisory Council for Undergraduate Affairs. Dr. Summerlin also provides oversight for the Emergency Dean On-Call program.

Prior to joining the University of Florida, Dr. Summerlin served as the Dean of Campus Life at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) for four years. With a career spanning two decades in higher education, he has held diverse roles encompassing housing and residence life, student conduct, and teaching. Dr. Summerlin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Brewton-Parker College, followed by a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from American InterContinental University, and a Doctorate in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University.

During his tenure at UIW, Dr. Summerlin supervised Campus Engagement, Campus Wellness, Housing and Residence Life, and Student Advocacy & Accountability. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in managing campus dining, counseling, and health services. His responsibilities extended to chairing the Campus Assessment Response & Evaluation Team (CARE), overseeing Fraternity and Sorority Life, advising the Student Government Association, and addressing concerns from both internal and external stakeholders. Furthermore, Dr. Summerlin actively participated in various committees such as the President’s Advisory Council, Enrollment Management Council, Retention Committee, and Emergency Response Team.

Dr. Summerlin brings extensive experience from a range of institutions, including public, private, large, small, and online campuses. Across differing environments, he has demonstrated adaptability while prioritizing the individual needs of students and strongly values cultivating enduring relationships and connections for every student is vital to lifelong success.