Welcome from Dr. Helton

Regional Vice Chancellor of Student Success

Patricia Helton

It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as your Regional Vice Chancellor of Student Success. At the USF St. Petersburg campus, my position provides vision, leadership and oversight for programs and services that promote student learning, engagement and success. Student Success includes over 17 departments and is organized as follows.

  • Campus Recreation: Fitness, Intramurals, Club Sports and Waterfront
  • Career Center: Career Readiness and Employer Relations
  • COMPASS: First year experience, Second year experience, Student Success Advocates, PATHE
  • Dean of Students/Housing and Residence Life: Housing, Living Learning Communities, Residential Life, Military and Veterans Success Center, Student Conduct, Students of Concern and Title IX Coordination
  • Enrollment Plan Management: Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Orientation, and Registrar
  • Student Life and Engagement: The Crow’s Nest,Harborside Activities Board, Student Activities, Leadership and Student Organizations, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Government Association, Student Green Energy Fund, and the University Student Center
  • Wellness Center and Student Accessibility Services: Student Accessibility Services and Wellness Center (Advocacy, Health, Health Promotion, and Mental Health)

We believe the quality of campus life is crucial to the success of your student experience. As mentors and advisors, we seek to serve as your campus advocates and provide assistance with engaging you in the campus community, understanding campus policies and procedures, managing a crisis and assisting in locating appropriate campus resources. We are here to help!

Student Success provides students with opportunities for learning, growth and development through programs and services focused on student needs. Please allow me to share with you my ABC’s of the USF St. Petersburg campus Student Experience:

A – Ask questions! We will help you seek the answers…we have a wealth of resources on campus and we are here to help you navigate the experience.

B – Be yourself! Our true self is who we are when we let go of the labels and judgments that we have placed upon ourselves.

C – Commit to getting involved! Play intramurals, join a club, run for Student Government, and take advantage of the many opportunities available to you during your college years.

If we can help in any way don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the Student Success staff – we are here to help. Embrace and enjoy your college experience at the USF St. Petersburg campus.

Dr. Patti S. Helton
Regional Vice Chancellor of Student Success


Dr. Helton comes to USF St. Petersburg campus from the University of Denver, where she was Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life. She joined DU in 2003 as associate provost for Campus Life while teaching in the University’s Morgridge College of Education. During her tenure, she led or co-led several strategic planning initiatives, including the creation of an Office for Student Outreach and a division-wide Inclusion Change Team and the Task Force on Inclusive Hiring and Recruiting. Previously, Helton served as Vice President for Student Life at Eastern Mennonite University. She earned her doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.