R. Sentwali Bakari, Ph.D.

R. Sentwali Bakari, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Student Success
Division of Student Success


Dr. Bakari is the Vice Chancellor for Student Success at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and is responsible for an array of student services that include, but not limited to, Athletics, Global Engagement, Ent Center for the Arts, Counseling and Health Services, Student Life, Dining Services, Dean of Students Office, Residence Life and Housing, Multicultural Student Services, and Academic Advising. 

Prior to UCCS, Dr. Bakari served as Dean of Students and Senior Student Affairs Officer at Drake University. Dr. Bakari has worked at Texas Christian University, Hartwick College, State University of New York-Oswego, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  During the Fall of 2015, Dr. Bakari served as the Dean of Students for Semester at Sea.

Dr. Bakari is passionate about promoting and infusing global and multicultural understanding with today’s youth and university students. His passion emerged while he was an undergraduate student participating in the Denmark International Studies Program in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a result of that experience he received a working visa to coach and play basketball for Sankt Annæ Gymnasium. He received the International Education Administrators Fulbright Award to the United Kingdom in 2013, participated in an African American faculty delegation to Israel in 2012. He met with faculty and staff in Israel in 2015 to develop a faculty/staff directed travel course to Israel, and co-lead on four occasions, faculty/staff-directed travel courses to Egypt and Turkey. 

Dr. Bakari completed his Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration and Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.  Dr. Bakari has presented at national conferences such as the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Diversity Abroad, National Association of Student Affairs Administration (NASPA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE).  Dr. Bakari enjoys photography, jazz, reggae, soul, salsa, and outdoor music festivals.