Dr. Kevin Villegas serves as the Assistant Dean of Intercultural Engagement and Division Initiatives. In his role, Dr. Villegas is responsible for leading a comprehensive approach to empower all students and Division of Student Life staff in the creation of a more vibrant, inclusive, and supportive campus environment as an expression of the Baylor University mission. Prior to his current role at Baylor, Dr. Villegas most recently served as the Dean of Students & Christian Spiritual Formation at Messiah University. He has more than two decades of demonstrated leadership experience in a variety of roles within higher- and secondary-education settings, which includes working in or overseeing areas such as campus ministries, advising student government, student leadership development, new student orientation, student activities, commuter student services, student conduct, residence life, housing, health and counseling services, sexuality and gender education, international student programs, adventure programs, athletics coaching, esports, and public relations. He has also led international service trips, co-led a cross-cultural course, and taught strategic leadership in higher education and first-year seminar courses. Dr. Villegas is an active member of the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) and served for several years on the executive committee as the chair of the Diversity Leadership Team. He was a recipient of ACSD’s Jane Higa Multicultural Advancement Award in recognition of his significant contributions toward increased understanding and promotion of multiculturalism in ACSD and at Messiah University, where he worked for 17 years. Beyond the realm of education, Dr. Villegas also worked in the entertainment industry and in pastoral ministry.
A native of New York City, Dr. Villegas is a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served on active duty for four years before going on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Messiah College, his Master of Arts degree in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University.