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Danita Brown Young

Danita Brown Young, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dr. Brown Young is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Minnesota. She leads an organization of 17 units that provide services, programs, and facilities to advance student success; inspire students to make life-long, positive contributions to society; promote an inclusive environment; and enrich the University of Minnesota community.

Previous to her time at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Brown Young served as the youngest and first African-American (and first African American woman) Dean of Students at Purdue University.

Dr. Brown Young received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University and her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Kent State.

Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson
Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Boynton Health

Carl Anderson is Assistant Vice Provost for the Office for Student Affairs and Director and Chief Health Officer of Boynton Health. His primary responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of Boynton Health, assessing and monitoring campus health issues, coordinating services with other campus and community organizations, and developing programs to address the personal and public health issues of the University of Minnesota community.

Carl has served the University in previous positions as Senior Administrative Director for Ambulatory Care for University of Minnesota Physicians and Chief Executive Officer for University Family Physicians.

Carl has a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.

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George M. Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Provost and Director of University Recreation and Wellness

Dr. Brown is the Assistant Vice Provost and Director of University Recreation and Wellness. He provides leadership in the development, planning, administration, marketing and supervision of recreational and student wellness programs and personnel. He also oversees the daily operations of the University of Minnesota’s seven recreation and wellness facilities.

Dr. Brown previously served as the Executive Director of University Recreation and the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs for Strategic Health and Crisis Planning and Response at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

He received his Ph.D. in Health Education and Health Promotion from Tuscaloosa.

Glenn Hirsch

Glenn Hirsch, Ph.D., L.P.

Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Student Counseling Services

Dr. Glenn Hirsch, Licensed Psychologist, is Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Student Counseling Services at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his leadership and oversight responsibilities for Student Counseling Services and the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education, Dr. Hirsch specializes in helping students create personal success by overcome academic underachievement, and he is the author of Helping College Students Succeed, A Model for Effective Intervention.

Dr. Hirsch has been at the University of Minnesota for more than 28 years.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ph.D., in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas.

Lamar Hylton

Lamar Hylton, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life

Dr. Lamar R. Hylton serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life in the Office for Student Affairs. In this role, he leads student engagement efforts and provides oversight to the fraternity and sorority life, multicultural student engagement, and off campus living units. He is also active in numerous civic, professional, and community organizations.

Dr. Hylton previously served as Director of the Intercultural Center and Office of Multicultural Student Programs at the University of North Carolina—Ashville.

He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.

Laura Knudson

Laura Knudson, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Advocacy and Support

Dr. Laura Knudson is the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Advocacy and Support in the Office for Student Affairs. In this position, she oversees the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, the Parent and Family Program, Student Parent HELP Center, University Student Legal Service, as well as the OSA Care Manager. She is also responsible for coordinating the OSA response to student crisis situations.

Previous to this position, Laura worked for Student Unions & Activities as well as the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.

Laura received her Bachelors from North Dakota State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the University of Minnesota.

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June Nobbe, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life and Director of Leadership Education and Development--Undergraduate Programs

Dr. June Nobbe serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life in the Office for Student Affairs. She provides oversight for the academic Undergraduate Leadership Minor, co-curricular leadership development programs, and central Career Services Administration and Career & Internship Services.

She has worked at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for over 31 years in several capacities in Student Affairs.

Dr. Nobbe completed her Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Administration at the University of Minnesota.

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Matthew Sumera, Ph.D.
Director of Communications

Dr. Matthew Sumera is Director of Communications for the Office for Student Affairs, where he works to promote OSA and student development through a variety of communications, marketing, and public relations initiatives. He is primarily interested in improving communications to enhance the student experience and is especially committed to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice.

Dr. Sumera previously served as senior public relations consultant in University Relations at the University of Minnesota.

He received his bachelors in English and Secondary English Education and his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Megan Sweet
Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Vice Provost, Dean of Students

Megan Sweet is the OSA Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. She facilitates, implements, and manages Student Affairs' annual workplan to ensure achievement of division objectives. Megan also oversees OSA administration, student government advising, spirit and sportsmanship initiatives, the Student Services Fee process, and the Student Conflict Resolution Center.

She began working at the University in 2000 as a program coordinator in Student Unions and Activities and has held various Student Affairs positions since.

Megan received her Bachelors in Communication Studies from St. Thomas.

Maggie Towle

Maggie Towle
Associate Vice Provost for Student Life and Director of Student Unions and Activities

Maggie Towle serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and the Director of Student Unions and Activities. She provides leadership for the following student life areas: Student Unions and Activities (including Coffman Memorial Union, St. Paul Student Center and West Bank Skyway Services); Leadership Minor; LEAD-UP, Student Engagement; Career Services Administration; Career and Internship Services; Fraternity and Sorority Life; and Off Campus Living.

Towle has been serving the University of Minnesota in various capacities for 35 years.

She has an M.A. in Education and Human Development from the University of St. Mary's and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.