Lara Vance named dean of students

Eastern Kentucky University has selected Lara Vance has the next dean of students. Vance has led the EKU Student Success Center for the last six years.

Lara Vance, former director of the Student Success Center, has been selected as the next dean of students at Eastern Kentucky University.

Vance has led the Student Success Center for the last six years and began transitioning to the dean of students role in May.

The dean of students’ role is to help in the success and progression of all students at EKU. Advocacy, collaboration, service, and partnership are foundational to the dean of students position.

“Dr. Vance has built relationships with faculty, staff, and students that will carry over and expand as she takes on the expanded responsibilities of the dean of students. Her collaborative and caring nature will lead to stronger connections across the University and increase the visibility and utility of the dean of students office at all levels,” said Tanlee Wasson, senior vice president for student success, engagement and opportunity in a press release.

As dean of students, Vance will lead Student Conduct, the Student Assistance & Intervention Team (SAIT), and the Student Success Center.

“I’m honored to expand my duties in student success as the new dean of students. It is an incredible opportunity to give our students the tools they need to succeed and make a difference in the world using their EKU degree,” Vance said in a press release.

According to a press release, Vance has actively collaborated with many academic departments, including the Occupational Therapy program to develop mentor training, and recently, with the Social Work program, leading practicum students in developing initiatives to support students on the Foster/Adopted Tuition Waiver. 

Vance has been a member of multiple groups at EKU including the QEP Implementation Team, Staff Council, Bookstore Advisory committee, Dining Advisory committee, and the Freshman Academy Advisory Team. Vance also serves as an adjunct instructor for first-year courses and a Green Dot instructor.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Vance as the dean of students and look forward to seeing increased service and support for faculty, staff, and students under her leadership,” Wasson said.

The search for a new director for the Student Success Center is ongoing.

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