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About Student Leadership Development & Traditions

3210 Chestnut Street, Room 32F
Student Organization Resource Center (SORC)
Lower Level of Creese Student Center

Fax: 215.895.2500
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Richard Kopp

Richard Kopp, Director of Student Leadership Development & Traditions

Richard has over twelve years of experience in higher education with a focus on student and alumni affairs at both private and public two and four-year institutions. Currently, Richard specializes in enhancing the overall student leadership development experience at Drexel through his work with student organizations, leaders and campus partners through the CEO LEAD Program, as well as coordinating successful transitions for graduating seniors through the Drexel Senior Experience.

Richard continually shares his passion and best practices on student leadership and development. He has presented in Philadelphia at the First Annual Best Practices in Higher Education Conference on the topics of service learning curriculum and citizenship development programs, and on leadership characteristics and competencies at Temple University’s Student Leadership Retreat in the Pocono Mountains, PA.  Recently, he presented the keynote address, entitled "What Does Student Leadership Look Like at a 4-Year Institution: A Look From the Lens of a Student Affairs Administrator," at the 3rd Annual Student Leadership Transfer Conference held at the Community College of Philadelphia, as well as co-presenting at the 2011 NASPA Annual Conference on “Harnessing Technology to Engage Multigenerational Students.”

Richard is principally passionate about using his expertise in student advising, development, and engagement to create a campus environment that assists students, and eventually alumni, in meeting their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Richard earned his Master of Science in Higher Education at Drexel University in 2009. He completed a co-op research study entitled, Developing a New Student-Alumni Programming Model for the Drexel University Alumni Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Restaurant Management from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.

Richard serves as a committee member on the Young Friends of University City (YOUCIE) and on the University City District Marketing Cabinet in Philadelphia. He is a professional member of NASPA, NCLP, and serves as the "Member at Large - Four Year Private East" representative for PCPA. Richard also volunteers for several local non-profit organizations, including: Greater Philadelphia Cares, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, and his local parish church.

Student Organization Resource Center

The SLDT office is located in the Student Organization Resource Center [SORC] on the lower level of the Creese Student Center, adjacent to the Greenawalt Student Development Center [GSDC]. The office serves as the hub for student leadership and campus traditions. 

Leadership Lab

The Leadership Lab is high-tech conference room located in the SORC that is outfitted with a projector and screen, video and audio recording equipment, a smart board, plasma LED screens, microphones, panel/podium controls, a VCR/DVD player, and webcast/videoconference technology in a flexible space dedicated to student leadership development, student organization meetings, and the virtual sharing and capturing of knowledge. The Leadership Lab places an important emphasis on technology and how co-curricular experiences can be more flexible and accessible to students on the University City, Center City, Queen Lane, and Sacramento Campuses, as well as Drexel’s online and alumni communities. For more information or to inquire about room reservations, contact