Robert Gatti, Vice-President for Student Affairs, Student Affairs Division

Robert Bob Gatti



Vice-President for Student Affairs

Robert M. Gatti began his career at Otterbein University as a residence hall director, progressively moving to various positions until 1992, when he was appointed Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs. He oversees a variety of areas including: the Office of Residence Life, Student Conduct and Wellness, Center for Community Engagement, Center for Career and Professional Development, Chaplain, Counseling, Food Service, Diversity, University Health Services, Police Department, and Athletics.

Gatti currently serves on the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation Board, and he chairs their Major Gifts Committee. He served on the NASPA Advisory Services Task Force that helped create NASPA Advisory Services. This service is one of the first of its kind to evaluate the entire Student Affairs division. Gatti helped to develop a proposal to NASPA to establish the Student-Athlete Knowledge Community and served as inaugural Co-Chair. He served as the NASPA representative to the International Association of College Law Enforcement Agencies (IACLEA) Accreditation Commission from 2005 to 2014 and was Co-Chair of the NASPA Small College and University Institute in 2012. Gatti has been both president of the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) and the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators (OASPA). He was a contributing author to two New Directions of Student Services series: Dealing with Behavioral and Psychological Problems of Students: A Contemporary Update (2009) and In Search of Safer Communities: Emerging Practices for Student Affairs in Addressing Campus Violence (2008).

Gatti’s community involvement includes being a member of the Educationfirst Advisory Board and the Leadership Westerville Board of Directors. He is also past president of Concord Counseling Services, Inc. Board of Directors.

Gatti is a past recipient of the NASPA Region IV-E Outstanding Performance as a Dean; OCPA Outstanding State Division Leader; the OCPA President’s Discretionary Award; and the Phillip A. Tripp Distinguished Service Award. He was recognized as a NASPA “Pillar of the Profession” in 2010, was the first recipient of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Distinguished Alumni Award and received an Honorary Alumnus Award from Otterbein College in 2003.