Candidates announced for upcoming VP of Student Affairs forums

An aerial view of CMU’s Park Library, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.

The university announced today three candidates have been selected to move forward in the search process for CMU's Vice President of Student Affairs. 

Each candidate will be on campus next week April 13-16 for interviews and open forums.

They will attend three different forums in the University Center on the days they visit campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the campus-wide forums from 3-3:50 p.m. 

Students specifically are asked to attend evening forums from 5:30-6:20 p.m. to avoid conflicts with class schedules. 

The new VP will be responsible for "the management, development, and coordination of services, programs and activities designed to complement and enhance the whole student experience," the position posting reads. 

See information about each candidate provided by DHR Global below:

Wednesday, April 13 - Bill Hébert, Jr.

Bill Hebert, Jr.

Hébert is the Vice President of Student Success at Illinois Central College where he is responsible for all Student Success functions at multiple campuses and Title IX. This includes all Enrollment Service areas, Student Success and Dean of Students departments, International Student Services, and the Department of Athletics

He has over 25 years of experience in administrative staff positions going back to his 14-year tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From there he served as Senior International Grants Manager/Writer for Feed the Children International, a privately funded global nonprofit.

In 2006 he returned to the University of Wisconsin and filled various leadership roles like Assistant Director of the Center for Educational Opportunity, Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Director of the Office of Central Advising at the university's multiple campuses. 

Hébert joined Northshore Community College in Lynn, Massachusetts in 2017 as its Vice President of Student Affairs.

Hébert has both a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting communications and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University. He has another Master's degree in adult education and leadership from the University of Pheonix and is currently working to complete his Doctoral degree in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California. 

Read Hébert's complete background by visiting CMU's website. 

Thursday, April 14 - Renee Watson

Renee Watson

Watson has about 15 years of experience working in higher education and currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Life at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. 

Some of her accomplishments include avoiding layoffs due to budget cuts, revenue losses, reduction in state funds due to the COVlD-19 pandemic and co-founding an Anti-Black Racism taskforce while at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. 

Before that she was the Director of Residence Life at Kentucky State University from 2011 to 2014, Dean of Students at the University of Pikeville from 2014 to 2016 and Associate Dean of Students at  Illinois State University from 2016 to 2018. 

Watson earned her Bachelor of General Studies degree in African and African American Studies from the University of Kansas. She earned her Master of Education degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri at Saint Louis and became a Doctor of Education while at Northern Kentucky University. 

Read Watson's complete background by visiting CMU's website. 

Friday, April 15 - Michael Jasek

Michael Jasek

Jasek was the Vice President for Student Affairs at Central Connecticut State University from 2019-2021. 

Departments within that division include Counseling & Student Development, Dean of Students Office, Health Services, New Student Programs, Recreation, Residence Life, Student Activities & Leadership Development, Student Center, Student Rights & Responsibilities, and Wellness Education.

Before that, they were Dean of Students at New Mexico State University from 2012-2019. 

Jasek served as both Assistant and Associate Dean of Students during their time at the University of West Florida from 2004-2012. 

They received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 1994, their Master's Degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M University in 1996, and completed their doctoral program in curriculum and instruction at the University of West Florida.

Read Jasek's complete background by visiting CMU's website.