Frederic W. Schroeder, who served the Division of Student Affairs for 30 years, was named dean of students and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs in 1984. His duties included overseeing staff operations and programs in the student judicial system, student government, Student Activities Fund Office, fraternities and sororities, crisis intervention, racial and sexual harassment prevention and response, new student orientation, leadership development and extracurricular organizations.
The citation hailed Schroeder’s reputation for persistent fairness, compassion and kindness. “He focused on making sure students knew that Carolina is a place where each of them is valued,” it said. He also was credited for being an effective advocate for students as well as change when necessary.
“Whose hallmarks are self-effacing modesty, compassionate concern and bringing intelligent and rational standards for problem-solving to bear on the frictions and stresses of University life?” the citation said. “Who, indeed, but that devoted servant of the University and avatar of the best for student life, the wise man of Steele Building’s basement, the dean of students.”
Despite a demanding schedule, Schroeder also served for 21 years on the Residence Status Committee and led efforts to create and improve Kerr Lake recreation facility for faculty and staff. He was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, Society of Janus and the Golden Key Honor Society. Through his leadership in the Division of Student Affairs, many programs and activities grew, including orientation, disability services, student recognition and leadership development.
A graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Schroeder earned a master of science degree from Syracuse University and did postgraduate work in education administration at UNC-DianeChapel Hill.