Vice Chancellor and Dean

Lisa Zapata

Dr. Lisa Zapata

Interim Vice Chancellor
Associate Vice Chancellor

Dr. Zapata works with student development, health, and wellness programs in the division. She is responsible for the oversight and management of the following units: Career Development Center; Counseling Center and Prevention Services; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Military and Veteran Services; ROTC; Student Conduct; Student Health Services; Student Legal Services; Student Media; and University Recreation.

Bret Smith

Interim Dean of University College
Senior Associate Dean
Professor Bret Smith currently serves as the Interim Dean of University College in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Prior to taking his position at N.C. State, he served as Associate Director of University College and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Auburn University, and as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Architecture Design and Construction, where he oversaw undergraduate programs, curriculum development, academic advising, international programs and recruiting. During this time, he served as chair of the Auburn University Academic Advising Career Ladder Committee for two years. Professor Smith has a B.S. IED, an M.A. in English and an M.A. In Industrial Design, all from Purdue University.


Katie Graham

Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Support Programs for Student Athletes

Katie’s responsibilities include oversight of Case Academic Center and staff which provide academic support services to all NC State Student Athletes. She also serves as the department’s liaison to the Admissions office and leads the APR and GSR collection and reporting process.

Justine Hollingshead

Justine Hollingshead

Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice Chancellor
Justine serves as the Chief of Staff working in close collaboration with and supporting the Division’s various functional areas. This role also serves as a key liaison with campus regarding crisis response, postvention efforts, emergency planning, off-campus outreach, and large-scale event facilitation. She monitors responses to issues that range from high profile and strategic to the routine.

Barry Olson

Dr. Barry Olson

Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Administration
Dr. Olson is responsible for the oversight and management of areas including Finance, Facilities Planning and Management, Technology Services, Human Resources, and University Housing. DASA is responsible for approximately $100 million of funds, roughly 520 full-time employees, and approximately 3.5 million square feet of space.

Dr. Carrie Zelna

Associate Vice Chancellor

Dr. Zelna provides leadership for the DASA academic success programs including eight pathways programs (Six TRIO programs, Juntos, College Advising Corps) and three success programs (New Student Programs, Academic Success Center, Disability Resource Office).  In addition, Dr. Zelna provides leadership for division strategic planning, special projects and the DASA Office of Assessment.    In addition, Dr. Zelna provides leadership for the Rural Works! Program which serves under-resourced counties in North Carolina and serves as the Director of the DASA Office of Assessment that serves all DASA units, undergraduate academic programs, General Education and the SACS QEP.

Support Staff

Signa Carter
Executive Assistant

Katie Walston

Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Dean