Vennie Gore (he/him/his)
Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement
Vennie Gore administers a residence hall system, including apartments, with a capacity for 17,500 students, as well as the Culinary Services program, which serves more than 50,000 meals daily. In his role, Gore also oversees various units within the areas of Diversity, Equity and Belonging; Student Involvement and Leadership; the Career Center; Registered Student Organizations; Transition; Experiential Learning; and Health, Wellness and Safety. He also provides oversight for the Dean of Students’ office.
Student Life & Engagement also includes the MSU Union, MSU Bakers, University Concessions, MSU dining halls and food courts, Sparty’s markets, coffee shops, Food Stores, Spartan Linen Services, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center and the State Room Restaurant, Kellogg Catering, University Conference Services, the Breslin Center, Forest Akers Golf Courses, the MSU Tennis Center and the MSU Alumni Chapel.
Gore served as co-chair of MSU’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee and currently serves as a member of the project steering committee for MSU’s new multicultural center.
Before joining MSU in 2007, Gore served in various leadership roles in housing and food services at the University of Washington, University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin.
Gore received his master’s degree in college student personnel from Indiana University and his executive management certification from the Foster School of Business. Most recently, he participated in the Institute for Educational Management in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gore also has served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Student Segmentation Advisory Board and has been a member of the board of directors for the Capital Area United Way.
Gore has been recognized with a number of outstanding leadership, alumni and service awards.