MSU creates a new dean of students position

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Michigan State University is creating a new administrative position — dean of students and assistant provost for academic standards and student conduct — pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting on Friday.

Philip Strong

The new position, announced Monday, will oversee issues related to student conduct and discipline, focusing on programs and processes that promote safety, academic integrity, civility and respect, conflict resolution, inclusivity and social justice, the university said.

The new dean will report directly to the MSU provost.

A national search for the new position is scheduled for spring 2020. The salary for the new position was not immediately available.

Until the national search begins, Philip Strong, MSU associate dean for students and instruction in the Lyman Briggs College, will serve as interim dean.

“Dr. Strong brings to this new role a deep knowledge of campus, experience in student and academic affairs and leadership as an innovator in education,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “His knowledge of our processes and the systems that serve students will be key assets in getting the office up and running quickly.”

The Associated Students of Michigan State University recently passed a resolution calling for the university to create a dean of students position.

“It is great to see one of the various ASMSU legislations turn into reality,” said Katherine Rifiotis, president of ASMSU. “We hope to be consulted throughout the implementation process to guarantee the Office of the Dean of Students fulfills all that is necessary for our community.”