Staff

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James Willette, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University
M.Ed., Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, University of Vermont
B.S., Professional Writing (Media/Creative Writing Emphasis), Champlain College

Dean of Students

Phone: 206-296-6060

Building/Room: Student Center 140

Dr. Willette is the Dean of Students at Seattle University.  Dr. Willette earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University in 2016.  Previously, he completed a Master of Education degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Writing with a Media and Creative Writing focus at Champlain College in 2005.  As Dean of Students, Dr. Willette supervises Integrity Formation, Counseling & Psychological Services, Wellness & Health Promotion, the Student Health Center, and chairs the CARE Team and the Veterans Advisory Council.  

Pronouns: he/him/his

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Armina Khwaja, M.S.

M.S. Student Affairs Administration, Texas A&M
B.S. Business Administration, Georgia Institute of Technology

Director of Student Conduct (Interim)

Phone: 206-296-6060

Building/Room: Student Center 320

Armina Khwaja is the Interim Director of Student Conduct at Seattle University.  Armina earned a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University in 2014, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – focusing on Human Capital and Marketing – from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011.  Armina calls Atlanta, Georgia “home,” and enjoys exploring Seattle, pop culture, finding queso, and drinking coffee.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Julius Palaroan

B.A. Sociology, University of California Los Angeles (Minor: Education Studies)

Graduate Assistant, Integrity Formation

Phone: 206-296-6060

Building/Room: Student Center 320

Julius Palaroan moved to Seattle from the Bay Area. He received a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon reflecting on his educational journey, he realized the importance of educators on students’ trajectories and found his passion in education. From 2015-2017, he worked as a high school counselor for a nonprofit in Oakland, CA aimed at assisting low-income, first generation students to access college. To further develop as a professional, he is working towards a Masters degree in the Student Development Administration program at Seattle University. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, going to the gym, and spending time with his family.

Pronouns: he/him/his

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Hillary Sage

Executive Coordinator

Phone: 206-296-6060 or 6066

Building/Room: Student Center 140

Hillary Sage is the Executive Coordinator for the Division of Student Development and Office of the Dean of Students. Hillary is originally from Stockton, CA and moved to Seattle to join the SU community in 2014. Hillary was the recipient of the Division of Student Development’s Sharon Young Service Award in 2016 for her dedication and service to students, staff, and faculty.  On weekends you’ll find Hillary serving as the church administrator for Liberation United Church of Christ.  On weekdays. you can find Hillary in Student Center 140, and she can help answer most questions about Integrity Formation, Division of Student Development, Orientation, Parent and Family Engagement, and nearly everything else about the University.

Pronouns: she/her/hers