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VCSU’s new VPSA

June 26, 2012

Last week, Dr. Vitaliano Figueroa began employment at Valley City State University as the new Vice-President for Student Affairs. In this role, Vitaliano replaced Mr. Glen Schmalz who resigned his position earlier this year.

Glen has served the VCSU campus wonderfully during a career that spanned more than three decades. Glen and his wife, Sharon, recently relocated to Fargo. Not only did Glen graduate from VCSU (and was a student-athlete during his college days), but he also served in a variety of important positions during his VCSU tenure including coaching, admissions, counseling, Dean of Students, and ultimately Vice-President for Student Affairs. Glen was a tremendous asset to VCSU and positively impacted many students over the years; he will certainly be missed on campus and throughout the community.

The Vice-President for Student Affairs (VPSA) function at VCSU is integral to both the daily operational activities of the campus as well as with the long-term goals associated with various strategic objectives. The VPSA role has responsibility for several important university functions related to student success, and requires an individual with the appropriate breadth and depth of skill sets to successfully carry out the required duties.

The VPSA is responsible for such areas as Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Residence Life, Career Services, the Student Union, the Bookstore, Counseling Services, Student Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Student Senate, and other important student life areas throughout campus. The VPSA also works closely with other entities such as the North Dakota University System office, the campus Dining Services contractor (Sodexo), and local authorities with any student conduct matters that might arise.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Vitaliano Figueroa to VCSU as he transitions here from the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where he served for the past seven years as the Director of Student Life, Leadership Development, and Student Conduct. Prior to his tenure at the College of Southern Nevada, Dr. Figueroa also served in various student affairs capacities at Santa Ana College (CA), American Career College (CA), and the University of Rhode Island.

Vitaliano earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees at the University of Rhode Island, and he earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Please join me in welcoming Vitaliano, his wife Daisy, and their children Vitaliano and Isabella as they transition to North Dakota and the Valley City community. Welcome Dr. Figueroa and Family!

Dr. Steve Shirley is
President of
Valley City State University

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