Jay Darr

Associate Dean for Student Wellness

Jay E. Darr, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, BC-TMH, PMP serves as the inaugural Associate Dean of Students for Wellness, supervising Campus Recreation, the Student Health Service (SHS), the University Counseling Center (UCC), and the Care and Resource Support Team, providing coordinated leadership on high-level crisis interventions, management of students of concern and student wellness-related issues across campus. Prior to this role, Dr. Darr served as the Director of the University Counseling Center for three years.

Dr. Darr earned his PhD in Executive Counseling Education and Supervision, with a specialization in Crisis Intervention and Management, and an MSEd in School Counseling from Duquesne University. He completed his undergraduate and initial graduate work in Sociology, with an Applied Social Research focus, at West Virginia University.

Dr. Darr’s passion is to assist students in becoming aware of their strengths, with the goal of using this awareness as a tool to find healthy solutions to life challenges. His professional interests include crisis intervention and management, identity development, sports counseling/psychology, veteran concerns, stress reduction, racial/transgenerational trauma, supervision and training, and addictive and substance concerns.

He enjoys spending time with his family, participating in outdoor activities, and is an avid Marvel Universe and sports fan.