Marcus A. Chanay, PhD.
Vice President for Student Life
Dr. Marcus A. Chanay was appointed Vice President for Student Life at
Jackson State University effective July 1, 2011. His appointment was
approved and confirmed by the Board of Trustees, Mississippi
Institutions of Higher Learning at the June 2011 board meeting. He
supports both the academic mission of Jackson State University and the
Office of Student Life. As Vice President for Student Life and a
member of the President’s Cabinet he reports directly to the
President. In this position, Dr. Chanay is responsible for fostering
an atmosphere conducive to the pursuit of knowledge, basic rights and
responsibilities by providing disciplinary standards that are in the
best interest of the University. He provides leadership for 108
professional staff members. He is responsible for the oversight of the
following areas: Dean of Student Life, Diversity Inclusion Program,
Housing/Residence Life, Center for Service and Community Engaged
Learning, TRIO Programs, Student Center, Health Services, Student
Publications and Student Life Marketing, Center for Student and
Employees with Disabilities Services, Campus Union Hotel, Jacob Reddix
Office Complex, Latasha Norman Center for Counseling and Psychological
Services, Center for Student Leadership and Involvement, Judicial
Services, and Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Chanay served as the Associate Vice
President for Student Life from July 2008 to June 2011. He supported
both the academic mission of Jackson State University and the Office
of Academic Affairs and the Office of Student Life. As the Associate
Vice President, he reported to the Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Student Life.
From August 2004 to June 2008, Dr. Chanay served as the Dean of
Student Life. In this position, he was responsible for the
implementation of programs, services, resources, and advocated for the
needs and interests of all students at Jackson State University and
oversaw a budget of $2,700,000.00 a year. He was also responsible for
the oversight of the following areas: Student Life HIV/AIDS Project,
Student Publications, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium, Campus Union Hotel,
Center for Student Leadership and Involvement, Judicial Services,
Campus Ministry Programming, Student Government Association, JSU
Mascot/Baby Tigers, and JSU Cheerleaders.
Prior to being named Dean of Student Life, Dr. Chanay served as the
Director of the Personal Development and Assessment Center (2002-2004)
and as the Program Development Specialist and Director of Business and
Community Service in the Division of Continuing Education (2001-2002)
at Jackson State University.
In 2008, Dr. Chanay was selected to the Institute for New Student
Affairs Officers. He has demonstrated leadership skills not only on
campus, but in the community. He is a member of several local and
national boards which include the American Cancer Society, the
International Visitors’ Center of Jackson, the Jackson State
University Interdisciplinary Alcohol/Drug Studies Center Advisory
Board (IADSC), the National Association of Student Affairs
Professionals (NASAP), and the 100 Black Men, Inc. of Jackson to name
Dr. Chanay is very active in several professional organizations which
include the Association for Student Conduct Administration, the
National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) and the
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He
is also an active member of Cade Chapel M.B. Church.
Dr. Chanay holds degrees from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
(B.A.), Mass Communications and from Jackson State University (M.S.),
Educational Administration and Supervision. He received his Ph.D. in
Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University with his
dissertation: The impact of Selected Student Service Programs on
Participation and Satisfaction: A Black University Perspective. Dr.
Chanay has made presentations on the state, regional and national
levels on topics ranging from student attrition and retention to
enhancing the quality of services to students.
A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Dr. Chanay is married to the former
Chiquita Munir and they are the proud parents of two sons, Marcus A.
Chanay, Jr. and Marquis, and three daughters, Whitney, Ruqayya and