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Illinois State University Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Brent Paterson has been named interim vice president of Student Affairs, effective today. His two-year term ends June 30, 2016. He replaces Larry Dietz, who became president March 22.
“Brent works in the heart of our campus and he’s always kept the needs of students at the forefront of his decisions,” said President Larry Dietz. “He’s committed to doing whatever he can to enhance the college experience, whether that’s through his leadership, mentoring or development of his staff. He’s an important part of our team.”
Paterson joined Illinois State in 2001 as associate vice president for Student Affairs after spending 17 years in student affairs at Texas A&M University. He had oversight of the Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium, Campus Dining Services, Campus Recreation and the Student Fitness Center, University Housing Services and University Police. He’s also a clinical assistant professor in Educational Foundations and Administration, teaching in the master’s program.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working directly for Dr. Dietz for three years and I welcome the opportunity to continue that relationship in our new roles,” Paterson said. “I look forward to partnering with our students, faculty and staff as we continue to build a campus life that focuses on student engagement, inclusion and pride in Illinois State.”
Paterson holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Denver, a master’s in counseling from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s in education from Lambuth College, Jackson, Tenn. In 2011, he received Illinois State’s Neal R. Gamsky Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the quality of life for students.