Oct. 7, 2009
Division of Student Services announces administrative changes
The University of Iowa today announced operational and administrative staffing changes within the Division of Student Services, effective Oct. 5.
David L. Grady, (photo, left) associate vice president and director of University Life Centers, has been named associate vice president for student services and dean of students. And Von Stange, (photo, right) director of University Housing, has been named assistant vice president for student services and director of university housing and dining.
Stange's new title reflects the planned integration over the next year of the university's food service operations, including contract, retail and catering in the residence hall marketplaces, convenience stores, satellite locations and the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).
Tom Rocklin, (photo, left) who has held the dual role of interim vice president for student services and dean of students since last year, will now serve as interim vice president for student services.
"David Grady has been a tremendous supporter of students on this campus, and I'm pleased that this new position will allow him even more opportunities to work to promote student success," Rocklin said. "He has also provided me with wise counsel, and I look forward to continuing to work with him as a member of my senior leadership team as the division works to foster student success."
Of Stange's new role and the planned integration of the housing and dining programs, Rocklin said: "While I recognize that we have two outstanding dining programs within the Division of Student Services, we are faced with economic challenges that are forcing us to look at ways to be more efficient and reduce costs while fulfilling our overall mission to serve students and the campus community. In addition to gains in efficiency, I believe that Dr. Stange has the opportunity to create a more seamless dining experience for students. I am pleased that Dr. Stange has agreed to assume the leadership of this new organizational structure, and to join my Senior Leadership Team."
As dean of students, Grady will assume primary responsibility for administering non-academic student discipline encompassing the Code of Student Life and liaison with undergraduate programs in the Office of the Provost and the colleges.
Grady, who has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, joined the University of Iowa in 1992 as director of the Office of Campus Programs and Student Activities (currently the Office of Student Life). His current responsibilities include administrative oversight for the IMU, Office of Student Life and the Department of Recreational Services. He also has an appointment as an adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Education's Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development.
Grady's appointment is in part a response to a recent review of the Division of Student Services that recommended decoupling the roles of vice president and dean of students. This will allow the dean to focus on working directly with students and the vice president to focus on strategic issues and relationships with partners within and beyond the university.
Stange joined the UI in 2004 as director of University Housing. He has an Ed.D. in Education Administration/Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota and oversees all aspects of university housing, including apartments, programming and contract food service. He also has an appointment as an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Education's Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development.
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