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SUU Names Jason Ramirez as New Dean of Students

Published: August 27, 2015 | Author: Tommy Gugino | Category: Administration

Jason Ramirez named dean of studentsAfter an extensive national search, Southern Utah University recently announced Jason Ramirez as the new associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

In his new role, Ramirez will oversee a slew of offices and initiatives on campus including University Housing, Student Involvement and Leadership, Counseling and Psychological Services and the University’s wellness education efforts.

Jared Tippets, vice president for student affairs, said of the new hire, “Dean Ramirez is a well-respected educator with a passion for helping students succeed. He is a proven leader in the field of higher education and we feel lucky to get to benefit from his expertise. I believe his leadership style will result in a lot of positive experiences for our students, staff and faculty and that they will enjoy working with him in the years to come.”

Keri Mecham, director of student involvement and leadership, said of Ramirez, “During the interview process he stood out as someone who is focused on students and their development. He has a great energy and background in student affairs that will serve as an asset to students.” 

Ramirez said he is looking forward to learning more about the SUU community in his new role.

“SUU has an amazing community. My hope is that I get to know the community and understand where the needs are and how I can help fix those needs. I also see lots of great opportunity for more visibility and presence for my position.”

Before coming to SUU, Ramirez previously served as the associate vice president for student life at Carthage College since 2012. He also served as associate dean of students and hall director at Carthage College and complex director of university housing and dining services for Western Illinois University.  


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