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Two directors named at NDSU

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Becky Bahe

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Lisa Samuelson

Two NDSU director positions have been filled.

Becky Bahe, NDSU associate director of Residence Life, has been named director of the Career and Advising Center, and Lisa Samuelson, University of Minnesota Crookston’s interim associate vice chancellor of student affairs and Title IX coordinator, will join NDSU as the new director of Student Activities.

“I am excited to fill these two critical positions, both focused on the student experience,” said Laura Oster-Aaland, vice provost for student affairs and enrollment management. “Becky brings expertise on co-curricular development as well as significant supervision experience to the role. Lisa’s breadth of experience overseeing multiple student service departments will enhance collaboration in deepening students’ experiences.”

Bahe joined NDSU’s Department of Residence Life in 2005, initially as assistant director for leadership and community development. She was named associate director of the department in February 2014.

Prior to coming to NDSU, Bahe was hall coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, and assistant complex director at Western Illinois University, Macomb.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Dakota and her master’s degree in college student personnel from WIU.

“Throughout my time in higher education, one of my greatest joys has been the opportunity to mentor both students and professionals on their professional journeys,” Bahe said in her application. “As our student population continues to change, it will be imperative for us to also transform and create inclusive practices that allow for growth in our thinking and implementation of new ideas. I am an experienced leader in developing teams and implementing intentional change to further contribute the mission of NDSU, and look forward to the opportunity to bring my talent and skills to the Career and Advising Center.

Samuelson was selected for the UMC interim associate vice chancellor position in November 2017. She provides leadership and oversight for the division’s 12 departments – Diversity and Multicultural Services, Residential Life, Security Services, Career Development Center, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Counseling Center, Disability Resource Center, mailroom, Student and Family Experience, Student Activities/Student Center, Student Health Services and University Wellness Center.

She previously was the UMC’s director of Student Activities/Student Center, student conduct coordinator and Title IX investigator.

Samuelson earned her bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration from NDSU, and her doctorate in higher education at the University of North Dakota.

“I am dedicated to the success not only of the students whom higher education serves but also to the institution of higher education itself and to the Red River Valley, a place that I have come to call home,” Samuelson said in her application. “To be able to marry my passion for higher education with my love of place truly is a wish come true.”

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