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Maggie Towle

Maggie Towle
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Maggie provides leadership for 16 units to advance student success, promote an inclusive environment and enrich the campus community. Prior to her current role, Maggie was the University's associate vice provost for student life and director of Student Unions & Activities. She has served in student affairs managerial positions on the Twin Cities campus for over three decades.

Maggie 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.

Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson
Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Boynton Health

Carl's 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 community. He 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.


George M. Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Provost and Director of University Recreation and Wellness

Dr. George Brown 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 Recreation and Wellness facilities. George 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.

George 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 provides leadership and oversight responsibilities for Student Counseling Services, as well as the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. He specializes in helping students create personal success by overcome academic underachievement, and is the author of Helping College Students Succeed, A Model for Effective Intervention. He has been at the University for more than 28 years.

Glenn 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.

Laura Knudson

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

Dr. Laura Knudson oversees the Office for Community Standards, the Parent and Family Program, Student Parent HELP Center, Student Legal Service, as well as the Care Manager. She is also responsible for coordinating response to student crisis situations. Previous to this position, Laura worked for Student Unions & Activities as well as the Office for Community Standards.

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.


June Nobbe, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life

Dr. June Nobbe leads efforts on student engagement and provides oversight to Fraternity and Sorority Life, Multicultural Student Engagement, and Off-Campus Living. She has worked at the University for over 31 years in several capacities within Student Affairs.

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

Steve Henneberry

Steve Henneberry
Director of Communications

Steve Henneberry provides direction, support and counsel for communications and marketing needs across the division. Before joining OSA, he served as assistant director of public relations in University Relations. In a past life, Steve was also a TV reporter in Omaha.

Steve has a M.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Journalism from Creighton University.


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

Megan Sweet facilitates, implements, and manages the Student Affairs annual workplan to ensure achievement of division objectives. She also oversees 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.

Denny Olsen

Denny Olsen
Interim Director of Student Unions & Activities

Denny Olsen provides leadership for the strategic planning and supervision of the Student Unions & Activities department. He oversees the operations for the facilities, services and programs of Coffman Memorial Union, the St. Paul Student Center, West Bank Skyway, and Student Activities. He has more than 34 years of experience in college unions and activities and has been at the University of Minnesota for 27 years.

Denny has an M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel from Mankato State University and a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Linnette Werner

Linnette Werner, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life and Director of Leadership Education and Development--Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Linnette Werner provides oversight for Career Services Administration, Career & Internship Services, and Leadership Education and Development Undergraduate Programs (LEAD-UP). In addition, she continues to serve as the Director of the Undergraduate Leadership Minor, as she has since 2006, where she is responsible for academic and administrative oversight, research, publications, and teaching. 

Linnette started her career in higher education in 1996 where she worked at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota, while working on a Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Administration. She has also served as the head of research and assessment for Tubman Family Alliance, the evaluation coordinator for the Minnesota Child Response Center, and a research specialist for Saint Paul Public Schools.