Student life VP Kevin Marbury will retire this summer

Kevin Marbury, the UO’s vice president for student life, has announced he will retire in July.

In an email to campus, President Michael H. Schill recognized Marbury’s many accomplishments during his 10 years at the University of Oregon.

“During his time at the UO, Kevin was instrumental in a number of efforts, each focused on making sure students had the support and resources they needed to be successful,” Schill wrote in the announcement. “I want to thank Kevin for his incredible work over the years supporting our students, for his counsel and support, and for his unwavering commitment to the University of Oregon.”

Marbury started at the university in 2012 as director of physical education and recreation. One of the many efforts he led in that role was the renovation and expansion of the UO’s Student Recreation Center.

The project involved a 40,000 square-foot renovation and a 110,000 square-feet expansion enhanced with significant fitness amenity upgrades, additions and sustainable designs. The facility is one of three buildings on campus with a LEED Platinum certification, the highest standard of LEED achievement.

In 2017, Marbury was appointed vice president for student life, overseeing several offices and programs dedicated to supporting students and their experience at the university. Under his leadership, the university established the first campuswide crisis fund to provide financial support to students in crisis and opened the Black Cultural Center, a hub for community and success for Black identified students.

Most recently, Marbury was recognized by NIRSA-Leaders in Collegiate Recreation with the 2022 Honor Award for his exemplary service to the association and his achievements in the field of collegiate recreation.

“The opportunity to serve in several roles at the University of Oregon has provided me a platform to assist students to find success and discover meaning during their time here,” Marbury said. “This has been amongst the greatest honors of my lifetime. I will fondly remember the many people I’ve had the opportunity to work with and treasure the many achievements we accomplished as a community.”

Marbury’s last day as vice president will be July 15. Kris Winter, associate vice president for student life, will serve as interim vice president while the university launches a national search. More information about the search will be shared with the university in the fall.

The full announcement can be found on the Office of the President website.