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August 29, 2003

Associate VP finalists to visit campus

Three finalists for the position of associate vice president for student affairs will visit campus in the next two weeks. The candidates are Sharon George, former director of the Office of Student Life at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant; Todd Holcomb, interim assistant vice president for student affairs at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; and Rebecca Sanderson, director of student affairs research and evaluation at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Each candidate's visit will include an open forum with the campus community in the Memorial Union from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the second day of the visit. The forum schedule follows:
  • Friday, Aug. 29, Sanderson, Campanile Room
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3, George, Campanile Room
  • Friday, Sept. 5, Holcomb, Gallery

Sharon George
George served in five positions in Central Michigan's student life office over 25 years, including judicial proceedings officer, coordinator of student activities and director. As director (1994 to 2001), she was responsible for the university's student discipline program, developed student mediation services and investigated racial and sexual harassment complaints involving students.

George has a B.A. in sociology and M.A. in counseling and student personnel from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; an M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University; and completed her Ph.D. in 2001 in higher education administration from Michigan State University, East Lansing. She still lives in the Mt. Pleasant, Mich., area.

Todd Holcomb
Holcomb has served as Miami University's interim assistant vice president for student affairs since July 2002. He also serves on the university's assessment committee, co-chairs its institutional response team and serves on a five-member crisis management team. Previously at Miami University, he served as associate director and then director of the Office of Residence Life and New Student Programs. He was responsible for 7,000 students in 36 halls, 14 learning communities and a residential college. He also served as residence life coordinator at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Holcomb has a B.S. in psychology from Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.; a M.Ed. from Texas Tech University, Lubbock; and an Ed.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia.

Rebecca Sanderson
Sanderson has directed Oregon State's student affairs assessment efforts since 2002. Her data dissemination efforts include a quarterly newsletter and online releases. Previously, she directed Oregon State's counseling and psychological services for eight years, leading 22 full-time staff and faculty. She is a licensed psychologist in Oregon. She also has held positions in the student counseling offices at Kansas State University, Manhattan, and University of North Texas, Denton; was an associate dean of students at Southern Arkansas University, and served as a residence hall director at Truman State University,

Sanderson has a B.S.E. in biology and M.A. in counseling and guidance from Truman State, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Terry Mason, director of the Student Counseling Service, serves as interim vice president for student affairs. Teresa Branch resigned from the post in early June to become vice president for student affairs at the University of Montana, Missoula.

ISU registrar Kathleen Jones is chairing the search committee.

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