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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Gene Luna

Associate Vice President for Housing and Student Development

Phone: 803-777-6936
Office: 1520 Devine St. (Patterson Hall Garden Level), Suite 002

Gene Luna is responsible for the student success center, university housing and residence education, student judicial affairs, academic integrity, student engagement, national student exchange program, student health center, university counseling center, student disability services, sexual health and violence prevention, the campus-wide promotion and integration of the Carolinian Creed and Healthy Carolina, a campus initiative to promote health and wellness. He also has a clinical associate professor appointment in the College of Education, where he teaches in the higher education and student affairs graduate program.

Luna sits on the General Education Review Committee, Academic Associate and Assistant Deans Council, the University 101 Advisory Committee, the Environmental Advisory Committee and the Quality Enhancement Program committee, and he chairs the Health Services Advisory Committee.

Luna has more than 25 years of experience in college and university housing at four institutions, as well as extensive consulting experiences with a variety of colleges and universities. He has previous teaching, student affairs and campus housing experience at the University of Georgia, University of Florida and Appalachian State University. He has published more than 30 articles and delivered more than 100 presentations on a variety of higher education subjects. He recently published a monograph titled, “Learning Initiatives in the Residential Setting.” He has served as a consultant for more than 30 colleges and universities, most recently focusing on the areas of master planning for student housing, privatized housing, academic and student affairs partnerships, initiatives for first-year students and environmental sustainability practices.

At South Carolina, Luna has directed three housing master plan processes, the design and construction of five new residential projects ($182 million) totaling 1,880 beds plus 3,000 renovated beds ($100+ million), including four LEED-certified projects using both university revenue bonds and public-private partnerships. In 2002, he directed the design and construction of a $31 million multi-building residential living and learning complex that was certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. The complex was one of the first newly constructed “certified green” residence communities on a university campus. He currently is leading the development of a 3,500-bed campus village using a public-private partnership structure for delivery.

Luna completed the management development program at Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Florida and focused his research on on participatory leadership and decision-making. He earned a master’s in counseling and student development from Appalachian State University and a bachelor's in psychology is from Roanoke College.