August 24, 2007
Issue 1

Dr. Lisa Erwin is welcomed to the BSU campus community by Dr. Jon E. Quistgaard, BSU President, during the fall startup breakfast on Aug. 21.

Dr. Lisa Erwin named VP of Student Development & Enrollment

Dr. Lisa Erwin officially join the Bemidji State campus community in July after being named the University's vice president of student development and enrollment in early May. She will report directly to the President and serve as the senior student affairs officer of the University while serving on the University’s senior staff and providing BSU students with a voice and advocate in the establishment of University policy.

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Erwin has accepted an appointment as vice president for student development and enrollment,” Quistgaard said at the time of her hire. “Dr. Erwin’s demonstrated record of commitment to student success, knowledge in the field and her personal research interests will bring enthusiastic leadership to this important area.”

“I am so excited about this opportunity,” Erwin said. “I was impressed with my visit there and I enjoyed my interactions with the student development staff. I met a wonderful, caring faculty and the students I had a chance to meet were absolutely great. This is a golden opportunity to impact student learning and retention in positive ways.

“The institution’s signature themes – civic engagement, multiculturalism and environmental stewardship – personally and professionally were very meaningful for me,” Erwin added. “This was a unique opportunity to find a place where there was a connection between what is important to me and what is important to the institution.”

Erwin comes to Bemidji State after six years at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., where most recently she served as director of student financial aid and associate dean of students.

There, she directed a six-person staff which provided comprehensive financial aid services to KUMC students, including scholarship selection and coordination, budget counseling and financial aid programming. She also supervised the director of the Medical Center student activities program. Erwin also has served as the co-advisor for the KUMC Student Governing Council since 2004.

Erwin co-managed the implementation and management of KUMC’s Student Administration System, an integrated student information system which encompassed the areas of admissions, academic advising, student records, financial aid and student financial accounting. In addition, as assistant dean of students for special projects in 2003, she was the liaison to the KUMC information technologies unit for the implementation of a KUMC student portal web site and also to the team charged with the design of a School of Medicine database.

From 1988-2000, Erwin served on the staff at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. She joined the Fort Hays State staff as a graduate residence hall director in 1988, moved into the position of Hall Director in 1990 and 1992 was named director of student development.

She was named assistant dean of students in 1994, where she held responsibilities for programming in new student orientation, registration of student organizations and the National Student Exchange program. She also served as an advisor to numerous student organizations and was an academic advisor to students who had yet to declare a major.

In 1996 Erwin was named assistant vice president for student affairs, where she provided leadership for the student life cluster of FHSU’s Division of Student Affairs. In that role, she added responsibility for judicial affairs, student government and greek life and also oversaw the development of FHSU’s annual student handbook.

She held that position until 2000, when she departed Fort Hays State to become the director of the student administration system at KUMC.

In addition, Erwin was in instructor in Fort Hays State’s Department of Educational Administration and Counseling, teaching graduate-level courses in student affairs in higher education and leadership in student personnel. She also taught women and people of color in leadership as a leadership studies instructor. She was named “Student Organization Advisor of the Year” in 1998 as sponsor of Fort Hays State’s Student Government Association.

Erwin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Indiana University in 1982; her Master of Science degree in counseling with an emphasis on student affairs in higher education from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University in 1992; and earned her Ph.D. in counseling and student development from Kansas State University in 2005.

She has been an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and has chaired or co-chaired numerous NASPA committees including the public policy, program and awards committees. She also holds a membership in the Higher Education Users Group. She has presented or served as a panelist at more than a dozen regional and national conferences involving those organizations.

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