The Office of the Dean of Students/ Fraternity & Sorority Life was founded in 2001 by an initiative of the Board of Visitors to educate and support our students in recognized chapters as they shape organizations promoting principles of scholarship, leadership, service, diversity, and honor. We are committed to strengthening student self-governance and leadership on the individual chapter and governing council levels. Our office team also serves as the University liaison to alumnae, alumni and chapter headquarters´ staff.
Hal Turner (email)
Hal Turner serves as the Interim Assistant Dean and Director of Student Organization Support. Hal graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, a Masters of Education degree in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education and is in the process of completing his doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. While at the University of Virginia, Hal was a member of the men’s club lacrosse team, served on the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Honor Committee, and was the president of the Curry School’s Education Council. Prior to returning to the University to pursue his master’s and doctorate in higher education and serve as the graduate intern for Fraternity & Sorority Life and later the Vice Provost of Faculty Development, Hal spent two years teaching special needs students in New Orleans, Louisiana with Teach for America. Hal is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
Matthew R. Ferguson (email)
Matt serves as the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. A native Michigander, Matt is a proud alumnus of Grand Valley State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in social studies and secondary education. In 2010, he earned his Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he also held a graduate assistantship in the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Leadership. Prior to his arrival at UVA, he served for two years as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the primary advisor to the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Diversified Greek Council. Matt is a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Shannon G. Kontalonis (email)
Shannon serves as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students | Fraternity and Sorority Life . She attended James Madison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Independent Liberal Studies and Earlyhood Child Education. She has also begun her Masters in Library Science at Old Dominion University. After graduation Shannon worked as a Kindergarten teacher here in Albemarle County Public Schools, as well as consulting independently with clients dealing with professional organization issues. Shannon works closely with the entire FSL staff to ensure it runs as smooth as possible in addition to tracking FOA requirements.