Nina Caldwell, Ed. D.

Vice President for Student Life
Maryville University

Dr. Nina Patterson Caldwell is the vice president for student life at Maryville University. She has worked in higher education for over 28 years at a small, large, private, and public institutions. Dr. Caldwell’s professional portfolio has included athletics, diversity, academic support services, strategic planning, advising, auxiliary services, development, teaching, public safety and professional development.

In her current position at Maryville University, Dr. Caldwell oversees multiple departments that provide services and programmatic opportunities that foster student learning, engagement, and success. At the core of her leadership has been strategic focus on reengineering, student centeredness, strategic planning, growth, and innovation. She is affiliated with a number of organizations in the St. Louis area to develop partnerships and promote education.

Caldwell is a 2019 ACPA Diamond Honoree and recipient of the Zenobia Hicks Memorial Award from NASPA. She was the 2015 recipient of the James J. Rhatigan outstanding dean award for NASPA Region IV-West and was honored with the Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club outstanding service award and St. Louis American Salute to Excellence in Education.

Caldwell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dillard University, Master’s degree from Illinois State University, MBA from Maryville University of St. Louis, Doctor of Education in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco, and a certificate in educational leadership from Harvard University.

Caldwell is a native of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband Derrick.