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Office of the Dean of Students
University of Missouri
2202 MU Student Center
911 East Rollins
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-5397
Twitter: @DrZ_Mizzou


Dean of Students

Two men loading belongings into a large laundry cart

MU Dean of Students Jeff Zeilenga, right, assists Steven Murray of Purdy, Mo., unload his girlfriend Morgan Boley's belongings during move-in Aug. 15, 2017. Photo by T.J. Thomson

The Dean of Students plays a central role in overseeing programs and services that promote student education and development outside the classroom, coordinating crisis response for students, and serving as a liaison between administrators and student groups. The Dean of Students is responsible for the following areas:

About the Dean of Students

Jeff Zeilenga

Dr. Jeff Zeilenga

Dr. Jeffrey Zeilenga ("Dr. Z") is a nationally-recognized leader in student affairs and auxiliary enterprises. He was named Dean of Students in July 2017. Dr. Z has served the University of Missouri since 1994, and was previously the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs overseeing Student & Auxiliary Services, Campus Dining Services, Residential Life and Recreational Services.

Dr. Z is a member of the Mortar Board Society and the Rollins Society and has advised Graduate Professional Council (GPC) and numerous MU student organizations over the years. Among his favorite activities, he teaches a graduate course on higher education finance for the MU College of Education.

In 2008, Dr. Z received the University of Missouri Barbara S. Uehling Award for Administrative Excellence. In 2011, he received the Communication Services Award from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) for his article “Exploring Shared Services,” which described the financial success from a collaborative four-campus University of Missouri model of auxiliary operations and management.

Hailing from south-side Chicago, Dr. Z is an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he earned both his Master’s and Doctor of Education degrees. He's a three-time proud Mizzou parent and an avid hockey fan.

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Last updated: Sept. 7, 2017