Mona Hicks has been named deputy chief for student development by Bonita Jacobs, vice president for student development for UNT. In her new role, Hicks will help in operation of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students as well as assist in personnel management and staff development. Hicks also will serve as interim dean of students, overseeing the student recreation center, Greek life, student activities and the student development program for Discovery Park.
Hicks comes to UNT from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where she was senior director for Strategic Initiatives & Assessment in the Office of the Dean of Students. Prior to that, she served as senior director of student campus events and assistant vice chancellor for student life in the Division of Student Life at Vanderbilt.
In making the announcement, Jacobs said, "Mona Hicks brings a wealth of experience in student development at the university level to UNT and we're very pleased she is joining the student development staff."
Hicks received her doctorate of education from Vanderbilt and her master's of science from Western Illinois University. She received her bachelor of arts in biology from St. Edward's University in Austin.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Hicks was director of Student Activities & Women's Resource Center at Rice University in Houston. She is the founding director of the Women's Resource Center, which opened in 1996. She also served as assistant director for program in the Ley Student Center and was a resident associate in the residential college system for six years.
The Division of Student Development provides, coordinates and administers programs and services designed to address the diverse needs of all students throughout their lifelong association with the university. The Institute for the Study of Transfer Students was formed in 2003 to study the needs of transfer students and better understand the factors affecting transfer students during their transition to a new campus.
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