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UNT Insider | September 2009 Issue | Lisa Campbell

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New assistant dean named for Discovery Park student development

From a UNT News Service press release

Lisa Campbell

To enhance the experience of students engaged in cutting-edge research, Lisa Campbell will serve in the newly created position of assistant dean of students at the Center for Student Development (CSD) at UNT's Discovery Park.

UNT selected Campbell to expand non-academic programming to students at Discovery Park, which is a research facility located four miles north of the main Denton campus.

CSD at Discovery Park opened in fall 2007 to bridge the gap and bring more student development services to Discovery Park. With the selection of Campbell, the center has someone to lead the way in cultivating students' personal and educational needs. Campbell will be responsible for assessing the needs of students at Discovery Park and fostering programs to enhance their UNT experience.

"What is unique about CSD at Discovery Park is that it has the potential to truly foster a transformative learning experience for students by creating a seamless link in the environment between in class and out of class experiences," says Mona Hicks, dean of students on the main campus.

Hicks added that Campbell understands this and "has a vast experience in both faculty and student affairs roles and she has truly captured the vision for CSD. Further, she has a passion for creating an inclusive experience that will make a significant difference in the outreach to international students learning and doing research at Discovery Park."

Campbell says she wants to begin by learning from students what they need and want at the research facility. She says the ultimate goal is to make their lives better.

She added that she has begun to work with several student-service programs that have shown interest in expanding services and programs to the research facility.

Campbell also says her immediate goals include meeting potential partners to bring new services to Discovery Park, hiring support staff members for the new center, helping lead the completion of a new student lounge and incorporating UNT traditions, like International Week, Homecoming, Earth Day and Engineers Week.

Campbell is a native of Pennsylvania and has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She spent 16 years in the management of student activities and student unions within a wide range of universities. Most recently, she worked in academic affairs at Miami University in Ohio and Montclair State University in New Jersey as an arts educator. Campbell received her Bachelor of Arts in theater and her Master of Arts in student personnel services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Monique Bird with UNT News Service can be reached at Monique.bird@unt.edu.

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September 2009

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