Tijuana Julian

Portrait of Tijuana Julian.

Tijuana Julian

Executive Vice President for Student Affairs
Dean of Students

Tijuana was appointed to her current position in 2004 after serving as professor of Music and chair of the Music Department for six years. During her tenure as chair, she implemented a feasibility study that resulted in Drury’s successful Music Therapy Program. She is the recipient of the Burlington Northern Award for Faculty Achievement and the Drury Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award.

She is an active member of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education organization and Association of Student Conduct Administrators. Her administrative experience in both academic affairs and student affairs provides a unique perspective of the total student experience and reinforces her belief in the importance of educating the whole person.


Works with the president and members of the senior leadership team to develop programs and deliver services that are available to students outside of the academic classroom, with a goal of creating a seamless experience for students that integrates curricular and co-curricular experiences. Tijuana oversees Housing and Residence Life, First Year Experience and Orientation, Counseling Services, Safety and Security, Greek Life and Student Organizations, Student Conduct, Campus Recreation and Student Success. She also chairs the Student Intervention Team, which focuses on working with students who have been identified as being at risk.

Since being appointed as executive vice president and dean of students, Tijuana has:

  • Assisted the design team and contractors in building Sunderland Hall and University Suites as well as the renovation of the Rose O’Neill House and Wallace Hall
  • Served as co-chair of Blue Ribbon Committee on Hazing
  • Helped establish a Springfield Police Department Substation on campus
  • Assisted in developing Title IX policies, procedures and training
  • Implemented online training modules for sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention
  • Implemented Drury Honor Code
  • Implemented risk management practices and policies in student social events
  • Implemented integration with Burrell Mental Health on campus
  • Served on the Student and Health and Public Safety committee for COVID mitigation
  • Led COVID initiatives, included testing, contract tracing, state reporting, and meal delivery