Glenn Gray

Assistant VP for Student Affairs & Executive Director of Residence

Glenn Gray, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Residence serving as program host at the Panther Hall Redeker Center Dedication Ceremony on October 9, 2013

In May 2013, UNI announced that Glenn Gray will lead the Department of Residence starting July 1, 2013. Prior to his appointment at UNI, Glenn served for 12 years as Director of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and, prior to that, for 15 years as Assistant Director with University Housing and Dining Services at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. 


More about the Assistant VP and Executive Director of Residence

Glenn moved into a residence hall as a freshman, and never moved out – figuratively speaking. His 30-year career working on four university campuses has included service as a Resident Assistant, Residence Life Coordinator, Assistant Director, Director, and Executive Director. Throughout his journey and evolving roles, he has remained passionate about and committed to the incredible impact that living on campus has on the personal development and academic success of college students. 
As Assistant VP and Executive Director of Residence, Glenn oversees the Department of Residence (DOR), including financial and human resources ($42M & 390 FTE), residence facilities (35% of institutional space), dining services (10,000 transactions daily), and the residence life program that serves 4,500 students annually (37% of students enrolled at UNI). 
Glenn’s oversight of the DOR is accomplished in collaboration with six directors who together comprise the seven-member DOR Senior Leadership Team. The Senior Leadership Team meets on a regular basis to chart vision and direction for the DOR enterprise, discuss strategic priorities and progress on key initiatives, and ensure that decisions made are carried out effectively and efficiently so as to fulfill the DOR’s mission.
Recent advances in the Department of Residence include the following:
  1. Five exemplary directors have been appointed to serve on the DOR Senior Leadership Team, including:  Karen Paulsen, Assistant Director of Residence for Finance (2013), Annie Karr, Assistant Director of Residence for Marketing and Conference Services (2014), Dave Peerman, Director of Residence Facilities (2015), Nick Rafanello, Director of Residence Life (2016), and Janet Paul, Director of Dining Services (2016). These five individuals, along with Glenn and Jean Wiesley, Assistant Director of Residence for Administration (2010), supervise and manage the DOR enterprise.
  2. Lawther Hall has been modernized into UNI’s first suite-style residence hall on campus (a $21M sophomore retention initiative). Reopening in 2017 the modernized residence hall now includes ADA access into the building, ID card door access into individual living quarters, an elevator, air conditioning, a fire suppression system, and single and suite-style rooms with private and semi-private restrooms.
  3. DOR has opened three new cafes across the UNI campus including the Book Bistro in Rod Library (2014), Erbert and Gerbert’s in Maucker Union (2016), and Schindigs in Schindler Education Center (2017).
  4. DOR was named #1 Best College Food in Iowa by, ranking #71 out of 1,713 traditional 4-year colleges and universities nationally. The 2016 ranking is based on meal plan costs and student reviews.
  5. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) have been developed within the residential facilities on campus to help make classroom learning more immediate, relevant and meaningful for students. These faculty-led, staff-supported Living Learning Communities currently include Biology, Business, Education, Exploring, Honors and Music.
  6. Inclusive housing is now offered in the residential facilities on the UNI campus.
In addition to overseeing the Department of Residence, Glenn also serves on a variety of UNI committees and leadership groups including those listed below:
  1. Bias Reporting Team
  2. City of Cedar Falls Housing Conversion Task Force
  3. Enterprise Risk Management Council
  4. Facilities Planning Advisory Committee
  5. International Travel Oversight Committee
  6. Policy Review Committee
  7. Position Evaluation Committee
  8. President’s Cabinet
  9. Student Affairs Leadership Council
  10. University Threat Assessment Team 
You may contact Glenn by calling 319-273-2333, emailing, or visiting the Department of Residence located on the first floor of Redeker Center.