W. Rochelle Calhoun has administrative oversight for matters that help to shape the student experience at Princeton, including athletics and campus recreation, career services, health services, religious life, residential life, service and student activities. She began her career in college administration while still a graduate student at Columbia University working with Playwrights Horizon Theatre to coordinate curricular and co-curricular programs for their NYU students. She joined her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, as an assistant dean of students responsible for working with students of color and cultural organizations. She held several other student affairs positions at Mount Holyoke, including director of diversity and inclusion, associate dean of the college and acting dean of the college, before joining Skidmore College, where she served as dean of students and vice president for student affairs. She has been involved in numerous community organizations, including serving as a facilitator and steering committee member for the Saratoga Springs Community-Wide Conversation on Diversity. She came to Princeton in 2015.
In addition to her work as a college administrator, Rochelle is an educator and consultant. She has worked on her own as well as with Diversity Works, Inc. of Amherst, Massachusetts; the National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut, and Romney Associates of Amherst, Massachusetts to conduct multicultural organizational training. Rochelle has also been invited to speak and train on issues of diversity and conflict resolution at regional and national conferences. Her community volunteer services include membership on the board of directors for Home Made Theater, Saratoga Springs New York; Saratoga Springs Sponsor a Scholar; and Planned Parenthood, Saratoga Springs, New York. Rochelle served a two year appointment as the president of the board of directors for Girls, Inc. of Holyoke, Massachusetts. She has served as a parent member of her children’s School Councils; Community Trustee of the local United Way; on the board of directors for the National Conference for Community and Justice Western Massachusetts, and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Fine Arts Center. Rochelle was elected to the South Hadley, MA School Committee where she served two years.