Search for Associate Dean of Student Development underway

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The search for an associate dean of Student Development seems to be reaching an end as Western brings three candidates to campus.The associate dean will report to the dean of Student Affairs, oversee Recreation Services, the Center for Student Engagement, the Student Union and the Fitness Center.This person will also develop leadership programming for students and will be responsible for student behavior issues including judicial processing.According to Judy Grimes, the dean of student services and interim dean of student development, said, “This person will focus on building relationships with students, build trust among our varied constituencies and work collaboratively with all students to enhance our educational opportunities.”The associate dean will also advise and the Student Government Association. SGA president, Harold Callaway, is a member of the search committee for this position.”We’re looking for someone with a good judicial background and some experience with student government,” Callaway said. He felt these things were necessary for an associate dean who will be advising SGA. Callaway also hopes the new associate dean can adhere to student issues and understand what students are going through. Callaway feels this person should be very open-minded and not subject to rumors.”A key issue for us is that the person has the ability to relate well to students, is able to provide leadership and can build strong relationships with students, faculty and staff,” Grimes said.Missouri Western did not have an associate dean when Paul Shang, the previous dean of Student Development, was at Western. Shang left Western June 2007 to take a position as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Since his departure, Grimes has been working as the interim dean as well as the dean of Student Services.Elaine Bryant, administrative coordinator for student services, said, “Dr. Grimes has done awonderful job but there is not enough hours in the day for one person to do both jobs.”The areas involving student affairs varies by institution. Grimes and Western’s administrationhave been assessing the current processes on Western’s campus.”We are nearing the completion of an in-depth look at our student affairs organizational structure,” Grimes said. “We will complete consultations with groups on campus (including student groups)…These consultations should be finalized by mid-February.”On Jan. 22, faculty and staff met with the first candidate Duane Bruce. Bruce is a 1999 graduate of Western with a bachelor of science in business administration with a general business emphasis. He received his master’s in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.The second candidate, Alicia Murillo from Kansas City, came for an interview on Jan. 24. Murillo is the current associate dean of student affairs at Avila University in Kansas City. She received a bachelor of art in psychology, a bachelor of science in Spanish and a masters in student affairs from Indiana University.The search committee planned to bring in the third interview candidate, Philip Tompkins on Jan. 28. Tompkins graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1997 with a bachelor of science in pre-professional zoology. He later received his masters in human resource development from Clenson University and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California Los Angeles.

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