May 1, 2023, will mark the end of an era for the Department of Residence. After more than three decades with the University, Associate Vice President and Director of Residence, Dr. Peter Englin is retiring. Joining him will be his administrative assistant, Chris Patton.

Pete’s journey at Iowa State began in 1989 in the Department of Residence where he served in various roles for 10 years. In 1999, he joined the Dean of Students Office, where he served for six years, including five years as the Dean. It was during this time that Pete completed his Ph.D., graduating in the fall of 2000. He returned to the Department of Residence in 2005 and took on the role of Director of Residence. In 2017, he also assumed the position of Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. His role transitioned to Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Director of Residence in 2020. 

Chris Patton (left) and Pete Englin in 2001 when he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy. 

Throughout his career, Pete has been a champion of inclusivity, valuing diversity and the perspectives of every individual. He has always been student-centric, going above and beyond to ensure their well-being and success. Pete’s humility, open-mindedness, and genuine care for others have helped shape the student experience and have been an integral part of the Division of Student Affairs.

‘The Glue That Has Kept Us Connected’

In addition to Pete’s retirement, the Department of Residence will also say goodbye to his long-time administrative assistant, Chris Patton, who has been with the University since 1998. She first started working with Pete during his time in the Dean of Students Office and joined him in the Department of Residence in 2006.

Pete expressed his gratitude for Chris stating, “I have never worked with a more consistently positive person who every day brings an unparalleled work ethic. Chris has helped lead our organization through every opportunity and challenge presented to us. Without exception, her colleagues describe her as caring, thorough, and very responsive. She has been the glue that has kept us connected so we all thrive personally and professionally.”

Both Pete and Chris have a love for the annual tradition of move in. “There’s something so special about watching the shift of campus as students arrive, full of excitement and energy,” Chris said. The Department of Residence plays an integral role in the lives of many Iowa State students. “Our team helps them get settled as they navigate their new home. Each year, I get to attend graduation and witness how students have transformed since their first arrival on campus,” added Pete.  

Pete and Chris’ dedication and commitment to student success have left an indelible mark on the Cyclone community. Pete plans to fill his days spending time with his wife Becky, playing with his grandchildren, and enjoying time outdoors. Chris plans to keep busy with gardening, spending time with her husband Bob, and has several house projects on her to do list.

The University has initiated a national search for a successor to fill the Associate Vice President position, with the goal of welcoming a new AVP to our staff by the upcoming Fall semester. Senior Vice President Toyia Younger has appointed Virginia Speight, Director of Residence Life and Conference Services, as interim Associate Vice President, effective May 2, 2023.

As they embark on the next chapter of their lives, we wish them all the best. Congratulations to both Pete and Chris on well-deserved retirements!