Dorsey Spencer Jr. has been with Florida State University since 2014 and began his current role as the Director of Administration in April 2018. Dr. Spencer oversees the day to day operations for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as well as the Division of Student Affairs' marketing and communications, events and programs, human resources and professional development. He also serves as an advisor to the Vice President and spearheads strategic division-wide initiatives. Prior to working in this position, he held several positions in the Oglesby Union. He was awarded the Supervisor/ Mentor Award in 2017 by Florida State University's Hardee Center. Dr. Spencer was also named the Division of Student Affairs New Employee of the Year in 2015.
Dr. Spencer has worked at small private, large state flagship, and international institutions. He has a variety of experience within higher education, including student engagement, student organizations, student development, diversity and inclusion, curriculum development, event planning, leadership development, risk management, and policy development. Prior to joining FSU's Division of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer served as the Executive Director for Student Engagement at the American University of Nigeria.
Dorsey is originally from Long Island, New York. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University, holds a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a doctorate in Higher Education from Florida State University. His research interests include student success, student engagement, Black men in Higher Education (students and educators), leadership learning, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He has published several book chapters and articles and presented on related topics.
Dr. Spencer has been involved in the Tallahassee community. For the past four years, Dorsey has mentored a local young man through the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of the Big Bend organization. In 2016, he was selected to be a part of the Knight Creative Community Institute (KCCI) program as a Community Catalyst. The team he was a part of was charged with leading the Re-envision the Historic Water Works Building initiative. In the spring of 2019, he was named one of the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals' Top "20 Under 40".