JB Banks serves as acting vice chancellor for Student Affairs and dean of students at CU Boulder where he provides visionary leadership for enhancing the student life experience. Prior to joining CU Boulder, JB served as an associate vice chancellor and dean of students for Student Affairs at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). In this role, JB was a senior leader on issues involving student health, wellness, and safety, as well as the development and maintenance of all threat and crisis management plans for the Division of Student Affairs. Additionally, he was largely responsible for the enhancement of residential experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. While at WSSU, JB oversaw policy revision that contributed to a heightened sense of student engagement.
In addition to his work at Winston-Salem State University, JB has also served in various roles at Appalachian State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which included initiatives promoting student belonging, mattering, and retention. At Appalachian State, JB also taught leadership education and theory. He has over 20 years of university experience in the areas of housing and residence life, student involvement and leadership, sorority and fraternity life, career development, health services, crisis management, athletic and general advising, and student conduct.
JB earned a bachelor of arts degree in Speech Communication and Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in leadership and multicultural student development and retention from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a certification in leadership from Harvard University. Banks also has several certifications including a Title IX qualification from Atixa and Trauma Informed training from the state of North Carolina System Office. When not helping students achieve success, he enjoys spending time with his family, taking long walks, reading novels, writing poetry, dancing and listening to music.