Finalists chosen to fill student affairs position


By Andrea Ciurej

Four finalists have been selected to visit UNO for interviews beginning this Thursday for the associate vice chancellor for student affairs position. The administrative position is responsible for undergraduate admissions, financial aid, record and registration, new student enrollment and orientation, the testing center, the career center and multicultural affairs.

The position also calls to work closely with Rita Henry, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, who oversees the offices of University Division and Counseling, Campus Recreation, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, Student Health, Student Judicial Services and Housing.

Randy Hyman, University of Minnesota Duluth’s associate professor for higher education and former vice chancellor for academic support and student life, will visit UNO this Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at a campus forum in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Hyman will also visit on Jan. 15.

Thomas Wallace, University of Mississippi’s assistant to the Provost and associate professor of education leadership, will visit Jan. 19 to 20.

Sherry Haehl, dean of students at Bluffton University, will visit Jan. 25 to 26.

Blake Fry, University of Wisconsin-River Falls’ special assistant to the chancellor, will visit Feb. 1 to 2.

The Gateway reported in June 2009 that a national search for a permanent replacement began last fall, after Wade Robinson stepped down to take on a position at Wichita State University, located in Wichita, Kan.

David Cicotello, the director of enrollment services, currently serves as the interim associate vice chancellor for student affairs until a candidate has been chosen.

After 20 years of service with the University of Nebraska system, Robinson accepted a position as the university’s vice president for campus life and university relations. His responsibilities include overseeing student life, enrollment services, the student center and university relations.

Matt Nelson, an undergraduate member of the search committee – comprised of 11 faculty, undergraduate and graduate students – said the committee hopes to make a decision shortly after the campus visits.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the campus visits, he said. A campus forum and student luncheon will also be held for each of the candidates.

“Ideally, for any of the upper administration positions, they want student input because the person is going to be working for the students,” said Nelson, who is also the chief administrative officer for Student Government. “This person is technically the chief operating student affairs officer on our campus, so it only makes sense that students be involved with every step of the process.