Aaron Hart
Vice president for student affairs, Division of Student Affairs

Dr. Aaron J. Hart currently serves as vice president for student affairs in the Division of Student Affairs. Previously, he was the vice president for student affairs at the University of Houston – Clear Lake and brings more than 24 years of experience in higher education administration. In his past role, Dr. Hart oversaw the student affairs portfolio, including, but not limited to, the Dean of Student Office, Housing and Residence Life, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Counseling Services, and Student Involvement and Leadership. Dr. Hart has humble beginnings, born and raised on the southside of Chicago to hard-working parents who never attended college but understood the value, and instilled the importance, of higher education. Dr. Hart is a proud Life-Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Hart received his doctorate from Arizona State University in higher and postsecondary education. He has significant experience in critical areas within student affairs related to strategic planning, supervision, student development, multicultural competencies, leadership, and budgetary administration. Dr. Hart has authored several articles, book chapters and presented at national conferences on various topics related to best practices in student affairs, fraternity and sorority life, the advocacy of underrepresented students and staff in higher education, organizational and team development, and the effective implementation of co-curricular initiatives.


Aaron Hart

Katy Washington brings more than 18 years of higher education disability services and compliance experience to her new role as VCU’s inaugural Chief Accessibility Officer.  In this role, Katy serves as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 Coordinator for the university.  In addition, Katy ensures the appropriate federal- and state-required policies, processes and resources are in place across the university in compliance with relevant state and federal laws which directly impact equal access and inclusion of individuals with disabilities; administers the employment-related accommodation process; and provides guidance, consultation, and collaboration with workgroups and local partners across the university to provide an innovative approach to proactively removing physical and digital barriers to equal access.

Katy comes to VCU from the University of North Texas (UNT) where she served as the Director of the Office of Disability Access.  During her time at UNT, she revised processes within her unit to minimize barriers to students associating with the office and utilizing accommodations.  Katy also worked with campus partners to create more inclusive campus policies related to people with disabilities. Prior to this, Katy served as Director of the Center for Educational Access at the University of Arkansas. 

Katy has received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law; M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas.

Katy currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) which is the leading professional organization for individuals committed to equity for people with disabilities in higher education.  She previously co-chaired AHEAD’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Disability (REDD) Knowledge and Practice Community; served as Board President-Elect and Secretary; and member of AHEAD’s Public Policy Committee.