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Dean of students to gain new role as VP

April 29, 2010


Carmen Tillery, dean of students at Indiana State University since 2007, will take on additional duties as vice president for student affairs, ISU President Dan Bradley announced.

Tillery's appointment as vice president is effective July 1 as part of a restructuring of the student affairs division in conjunction with "The Pathway to Success," the university's five-year strategic plan.

"Carmen has demonstrated a passion for assisting students and will provide the leadership necessary to achieve our strategic goals related to student engagement and student success," Bradley said. "Student affairs is critical to our student's success. The task of engaging, empowering and meeting major extra-curricular needs of our students is enormous, but I am confident she will do a great job of moving us forward."

The restructuring shifts responsibility for several areas to other divisions, resulting in a reduction in the number of senior administrative positions and a focusing of mission for the Division of Student Affairs, Bradley said.

"I am asking Carmen and her team to develop new initiatives related to student life as part of goal No. 1 of our strategic plan - increasing enrollment and student success,' he said. "Studentaffairs has an important role to play in the involvement and connection students have with the university and those factors can directly impact retention and graduation rates."

Tillery said the new structure should help the university work more effectively to meet the needs of students and the university.

"I'm looking forward to forging new relationships and building lasting partnerships," she said. "It's an opportunity for us all to see beyond our day-to-day functions and to examine more closely the benefits of working together for the achievement of our strategic planning initiatives.

Tillery said the restructuring has potential to show the critical role student affairs plays in providing "out of the classroom" learning.

"I hope to work with my colleagues to find a collective force. My style is people centered, learning focused and advocacy-oriented. I am excited and I thank President Bradley for believing in my leadership."

In the restructuring, the Office of Public Safety will report to Diann McKee, vice president for business affairs and finance, aligning university police with the emergency preparedness and planning efforts of environmental safety, risk management and facilities management. The move will also provide enhanced coordination of parking rates and maintenance of parking lots, Bradley said. Responsibility for relationships with the Barnes & Noble ISU Bookstore and Sodexho dining services will also move to business affairs and finance.

Hulman Center and the central scheduling staff at Hulman Memorial Student Union will all move to the Division of Academic Affairs along with the Office of Residential Life, which oversees university housing. However, overall priorities for space assignments and general operating responsibilities of the student union will report to Tillery.

Intercollegiate Athletics will report to Bradley, a structure he said will support National Collegiate Athletic Association and conference regulations which require the university president's oversight of athletics.

In her new role, Tillery will succeed Tom Ramey, who announced plans earlier this year to move to teaching after serving as vice president for student affairs since 2002.

"I would like to thank Vice President Ramey for his leadership during the past eight years. In addition to leading his staff, I know that he mentored many student leaders. I wish him all the best as he moves into teaching full-time," Bradley said.

Tillery also thanked Ramey for his leadership for his relationship as a mentor to her.

A Chicago native, Tillery holds a Ph.D. and masters in higher education student personnel from Iowa State University and a bachelor's in business administration from Northern Illinois University. Her career in student and academic services has included such institutions as Iowa State University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Purdue, Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical (A&T) State University.

Tillery holds a certificate from the Harvard Management Development Program. She participated in the prestigious Millennium Leadership Institute in 2009 and the Alice Manicum Symposium for Women earlier this year. She is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is the parent of three children, Kharmika, Marcus II and Kaya.


Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or