College selects interim VP of students services

By Careyanne Johnson

On loan from Casper College, Dr. Grant Wilson is serving as Laramie County Community College’s new interim vice president of student services.

Dr. Grant Wilson

Dr. Grant Wilson, LCCC interim vice president of student services.

He assumed this responsibility on Aug. 1. Wilson’s stay at LCCC is temporary, and his contract will extend until June 30.

Wilson has spent the last 21 years in Casper, where he received a board-approved leave of absence from Casper College because of LCCC’s immediate need for an administrator with community college experience.

Wilson said LCCC Interim President Miles LaRowe had met with eight other individuals seeking the job opening; however, Wilson’s résumé exceeded the experience of all the other candidates. Wilson had served as the division chair (dean) of language and literature, department chair of communication, student senate adviser, new student orientation leader, a speech and debate coach, communication instructor, academic adviser and has served on a number of college committees and councils.

He said Wilson was also chosen as the new vice president because he has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Arts in communication from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate of education in community college leadership from the University of Texas in Austin.

Wilson said he believed the biggest challenge the student services division faces this year is how to expand the way LCCC reaches out to students

“We have an ever-increasing diversity of students, whether it is online students or the ones here on campus, but all their needs are equal in importance, and I believe it’s crucial they are all met,” he said.

Wilson said he chose this position because he had just completed his doctorate degree in community college leadership, and he wanted to complete the challenge the job would bring along his way. Wilson said he hoped to continue here for many years to come and bring great success to all LCCC students.

A permanent vice president is expected to be selected by the end of the spring semester in May. The new job opening will be advertised in February or early March. The applicant’s backgrounds will be checked. Interviews for the job opening will be held March through April 2012, and the new vice president position will be then join the college as soon as possible.

The former vice president of student services, Diane K. Drebin, resigned July 4 after a little more than a year on the job. She returned to her home state, Oregon, for both personal and professional reasons, she said.

Other goals Wilson said he would like to achieve this academic year are to continue working for comprehensive enrollment, create a management plan that involves more scholarship opportunities and recruitment; fix the lighting in different parts of the campus that have not already be renovated and build more parking lots.

Wilson said he would also like to make his interest in students’ well-being known and would like to meet with students as much as possible during his stay here.

“I want to know the students, like actually know them, their individual personalities and learning abilities. I am here for all of the students’ disposal. You are all the ones paying to be here, and I’m not getting paid to be here for nothing,” he said. “So stop by my office if you have a question or just to give me a handshake. Any visit will be greatly appreciated.”