UI names Minnesota administrator to top student affairs post

UI names Minnesota administrator to top student affairs post

CHAMPAIGN — An administrator from the University of Minnesota will be the new vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Illinois.

Danita Brown Young, currently vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Minnesota, will succeed Renee Romano, who retired in May.

Her appointment takes effect Aug. 7, pending approval by UI trustees. She will be paid $279,500 annually.

In a statement announcing the news, the UI cited Brown Young’s experience at two land-grant universities and at smaller universities with diverse demographics and strengths. Before joining Minnesota in July 2013, Brown Young spent five years at Purdue University, first as associate dean of students and then dean of students. She also held student affairs positions at West Virginia University, Ohio University and Loyola University.

At Minnesota, she unified the student affairs function, demonstrating an ability to face challenges and move people forward, the UI said.

“Dr. Brown Young is an accomplished ambassador for students, a strategic leader and a collaborative colleague,” Chancellor Robert Jones said in the statement. “She understands the critical role Student Affairs must play in successfully meeting our land-grant promises of educational access and opportunity. I’m excited to have her join the leadership team here at Illinois.”

Jones spent three decades as a professor and administrator at Minnesota but left before Brown Young started working there.

Brown Young earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Kent State University, a master’s in community counseling from Loyola University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Ohio University.
 

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Reykjavik wrote on June 13, 2017 at 11:06 am

"... sociology from Kent State University, a master’s in community counseling from Loyola University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Ohio University."

She was trained at 3rd-rate schools.

Her masters was in "community counseling", which is like basketweaving.

And her PhD is in "higher education administration", which is less demanding than basketweaving.

With this kind of mediocrity (with the fat salary), one can understand why so many normal people (with real skills) are are outraged about higher education.

HeadEast wrote on June 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Student affairs under Romano was a disaster. It's an important part of student development but it became another generic function with nothing but "diversity" inititatives. Student affairs has no relationship with the colleges and little respect from faculty. This person's Twitter feed clearly reveals  that diversity will be the name of her game and her agenda will be business as ususal in terms of creating more overpaid administrators that serve many unnecessary functions. It's a sad joke. The salary stated here is ludicrous and I can't imagine that other political factors weren't taken into consideration when assessing all of the candidates from a national search. This looks like another failed decision from UofI brass.  

 

BruckJr wrote on June 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm

What budget crisis?

Lostinspace wrote on June 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Fortunately for students, the administration has no interest in education.

Notsoaveragejoe wrote on June 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

This is downright criminal. The division of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Office are broken. They need real leaders in these roles not more diversity and social justice warriors.