Dr. Joseph A. Oravecz, more commonly and fondly known on campus as "Dr. O," was appointed Dean for the Division of Student Affairs in August, 2010.
Dr. O was raised and graduated high school in Connecticut. A first-generation college student, he attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where he majored in Psychology. He was awarded a Master's degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University.
As the Senior Student Affairs Officer of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Dr. Oravecz has responsibility for the following offices and departments: Academic Success (which encompasses Disability Services, Student Support Services, and Learning Commons); Counseling & Health Care (which includes Counseling Care, Health Care, Peer Health Education, and Women's Center); Kearney Bound; Residence Life; and Student Life (which is composed of the Nebraskan Student Union, Greek Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities & Organizations, Student Conduct & Leadership, and Spirit Squads).
His initial position in university administration was as an admissions counselor for Mount Ida College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and has served in numerous positions at public and private colleges and universities on the East Coast and Mid-West: Bowling Green State University (Associate Vice President, Student Affairs); University of Bridgeport (Dean, Student Affairs); Syracuse University (Associate Dean, Student Life); Salisbury University (Director, Student Activities, Organizations, and Leadership); and Central Michigan University (Assistant Director, Student Life).