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DSU holds first of 3 candidates forums for dean of students job

Dickinson State University held the first of three public forums in its search for a new vice president of student affairs on Tuesday.

Roughly 40 students, staff and alumni attended a discussion led by Terry Lindsay, current dean of diversity and intercultural programs at North Park University, a Christian university in Chicago.

Lindsay was assigned the topic “Student affairs as it relates to student success, retention and campus community.”

He cited his 23 years in higher education, including experience in student affairs and student development, among his qualifications.

The university would bring him in “because you want some leadership,” he said.

Postings for the job went up in early June. The search for a dean of students is just one of a number of staffing changes at the university in recent years following a 2012 audit recommendation to combine enrollments services, university relations, multicultural affairs and financial aid.

The position will be a part of DSU President D.C. Coston’s cabinet.

Two more candidates are schedule to hold forums, said Dawn Olson, search committee member and dean of the College of Education, Business and Applied Sciences.

The next candidate will speak Friday afternoon; and the final candidate will speak Monday.