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Alumna returns to Missouri State as vice president for student affairs

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dr. Denita (Dee) SiscoeDr. Denita (Dee) Siscoe was named vice president for student affairs at Missouri State University. Siscoe, currently interim vice president for student affairs at the University of South Florida, will begin July 22.

Siscoe replaces Dr. Earle Doman, who retired May 1 after 24 years at Missouri State, the past five as vice president. Don Simpson was named interim vice president May 1 and will continue until July 22. Siscoe’s appointment will be officially approved by the Board of Governors at its next meeting May 16. Her salary will be $150,000 annually.

“I am so excited we were able to hire someone with the experience, personality and enthusiasm that Dee has,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “She will be a tremendous asset to our team and I am looking forward to working with her.”

Siscoe will oversee enrollment management, student life, dean of student’s office, student academic support services, Taylor Health and Wellness Center and the university bookstore.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Missouri State University community as the vice president for student affairs,” said Siscoe. “It is such a wonderful opportunity for me both personally and professionally. I was thoroughly impressed with all the students, faculty and staff that I met during my visit to campus. And, I know that I am joining a strong team in the division of student affairs.

“As an alum of MSU, I am very excited to return to campus and to be able to play a significant role in the success of the students.”

In addition to Siscoe’s current post at University of South Florida, she has also served as the associate vice president for student affairs at University of South Florida, Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman’s University.

During her 20 years of experience in higher education, Siscoe has overseen, among others, veterans services, housing, health clinic, counseling center, victim’s advocacy, wellness education, mentoring and student success initiatives, judicial affairs, disability support services, student activities, Greek affairs, new student programs, leadership and community involvement, multicultural student affairs, women’s center, career development center, conference services, campus recreation and dining services.

Siscoe earned her bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and has a master’s in education from University of Florida, doctorate of education administration from University of North Texas, and certificates in executive education and dispute resolution and mediation from Southern Methodist University.

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