BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Karla Carney-Hall, vice president for student affairs at Hendrix College, has been named vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Illinois
Wesleyan University. She succeeds Kathryn Cavins-Tull, who left Wesleyan in July to
become vice chancellor for student affairs at Texas Christian University.
President Richard F. Wilson announced the appointment of Carney-Hall following a national
search that began over the summer.
“Dr. Carney-Hall is uniquely qualified to become our next vice president for student
affairs and dean of students,” said Wilson. “She impressed the campus community with
her broad range of experience at two excellent residential liberal arts colleges and
with her passion for creating environments that foster student success.”
At Hendrix College, Carney-Hall provided leadership for all areas of student life,
residential life, advising, health and wellness, career services and intercollegiate
athletics. She was a member of the president’s cabinet and was actively engaged in
the College’s strategic planning. Among her many accomplishments were overseeing the
planning and building of two new student apartment style residences and a $26.5 million
student life and technology center.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Illinois Wesleyan community because of the commitment
to students, inclusive planning processes and strategic leadership,” said Carney-Hall.
“The students, faculty and staff are amazing. I look forward to contributing to a
vibrant residential college experience for students.”
Dr. Carney-Hall also spent eight years at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa as
dean of students and associate dean of students. In addition, she has held various
student affairs positions at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Miami
University in Oxford, Ohio. A Louisiana native, she earned a Ph.D. in student affairs
administration and research from the University of Iowa, holds a master’s degree in
higher education administration from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree
from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Carney-Hall is married to Eric Hall, a native of Iowa. The Halls have an infant