David Gaston

David Gaston
  • Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Success
career leader. educational entrepreneur. global pro.

Contact Info

Phone Number:
Summerfield Hall Room 203
1300 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045


My name is David Gaston and I am currently the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Success.

In my work, I may need to be a psychologist, a labor economist, a retailer, a salesperson, a management consultant, a politician, an academic, a marketer, a futurist, an entrepreneur as well as many other things. My primary job is to create a paradigm that allows me to communicate as a leader who we are, what we need to do, and how we are going to make it happen.

My mission is to assist college students in their efforts to lead more meaningful, purposeful lives.


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Kansas, 2021
M.A. in Leadership, Higher Education, University of Mississippi, 1996
B.S. in History, Education, University of Central Arkansas, 1991

Awards & Honors

2010, National Association of Colleges and Employers Chevron Award for Outstanding Achievement for Innovation, Finalist

2009, National Association of Colleges and Employers Chevron Award for Outstanding Achievement for Innovation, Recipient

2001, Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers Outstanding New Professional Award


National Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2013-2014, Diversity Research Team, Co-Chair
  • 2012-2013, National Conference Committee
  • 2011-2012, Principles for Professional Practice Committee
  • 2010-2011, Leadership Advancement Program Committee
  • 2007-2008, Career Services Talent Pipeline Taskforce
  • 2006-2007, Leadership Strategy & Sourcing Committee, Co-Chair
  • 2005-2006, Technology Committee
  • 2002-2003, Ethics Committee-Training
  • 2000 Management Leadership Institute for Career Services Professionals

University of Kansas

  • 2013-Present, Experiential Learning Collaborative
  • 2009-Present, Edwards Campus Workforce Development Board
  • 2005, 2012-2013, E-portfolio Task Force
  • 2010 Design 4 Student Success Strategic Planning Team
  • 2007-2010, Staff Fellows Professional Development Advisory Committee, Founding Member
  • 2005-2006, University of Kansas Hispanic Association of Colleges &Universities Committee

Langston Hughes Elementary School 

  • 2009-Present, Site Council
  • 2013-2014, Site Council Chair

German-American Fulbright Commission    

  • 2012, Host/Organizer, German Career Services Professionals Program, Lawrence, KS
  • 2010, Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators, Berlin, Germany

Southern Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2011, External Consultant, University of North Carolina—Greensboro
  • 2009-2010, Consulting Services Committee Chair 2012-2013 Consulting Services Committee Interim Chair
  • 2009-2010, Special Taskforce, Association Management Firm RFP

Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers

  • 2003-2005, Board of Directors, Director of Information Management
  • 1999-2003, Leadership Development Committee Chair
  • 2001-2003, Information Management Committee            

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

  • 2006, Scholarship Application Reviewer    

LIFT, Incorporated

  • 2002-2004, Board of Directors (Regional non-profit community development organization appointed to administer $15 million budget for services and programs that serve the Northeast Mississippi area such as Head Start, Meals-on-Wheels, and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP))

Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce 

  • 1999-2004, Business Support Committee Chair        

University of Mississippi, CHAMPS/Life Skills

  • 1997-2003, Career Development Sub-Committee Chair (Developed and administered first ever business etiquette dinner, raised $2,000 to offset expenses.)