Leadership Team

Calvin D. Phillips, D. Ed.

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Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Calvin D. Phillips, D. Ed. provides leadership for 20 units to advance student success, promote an inclusive environment and enrich the campus community. 

Prior to his current role, he served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, Dr. Phillips had leadership responsibility for housing and residence life; student well-being; new student orientation and campus life; student conduct; international student services; diversity and community involvement; and, the Children’s Institute.

Dr. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies from Oklahoma State University. He earned a Master of Arts in Student Personnel from Slippery Rock University and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

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George M. Brown, Ph.D.

George M. Brown, Ph.D.

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.

Michelle Bettin, PsyD

Michelle Bettin, PsyD
Interim Director of Student Counseling Services

Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock
Interim Director of Student Unions & Activities

Jason Hancock provides leadership for the strategic planning and supervision of Student Unions & Activities. He oversees the facilities, services, and programs of Coffman Memorial Union, the St. Paul Student Center, the West Bank Skyway, and Student Activities. He has more than 25 years of experience at the University with Student Unions & Activities.

He holds an M.S. in Human Resources Development and Training from St. Cloud State University and a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of West Georgia.

Laura Knudson, Ph.D.

Laura Knudson, Ph.D.

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

Laura Knudson is the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Advocacy and Support in the Office for Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Laura oversees the OSA Advocacy and Support Units including the Care Program, Office for Community Standards, Student Conflict Resolution Center, the Aurora Center and the Student Parent HELP Center. She also facilitates the student crisis and death response support on campus and is a staff lead on the Bias Response and Referral Network. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the University of Minnesota in 2014. Her dissertation research was on the social cognitive perspective of college student peer bullying behaviors. She has also previously served as an instructor in the University of Minnesota Leadership Minor. 

Colleen McDonald Diouf

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Colleen McDonald Diouf
Assistant Vice Provost, Director, Chief Health and Medical Officer, Boynton Health

Colleen McDonald Diouf, MA is the new Assistant Vice Provost, Director of Health Services and Chief Health Officer. Prior to this position, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) for seven years.  CUHCC is a community health center that is a training site and outreach site for the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs that provides comprehensive healthcare to those most in need.   Colleen McDonald Diouf has a background in education policy and administration and brings leadership expertise in community-based primary care, cross-cultural care, mental health, and care model transformation. She served as the Board Chair for the Federal Urban Health Network (FUHN) for two years, a virtual care organization involving nine urban community health centers that saved the State of Minnesota $26 million dollars in Medicaid dollars and improved quality of outcomes since its inception.  She also served as the Vice Chair and Government Relations Committee Chair at the MN Association of Community Health Centers for six years. She seeks to transform care to address complex issues and is committed to supporting the health and well-being of students so that they can reach their educational and life goals.  She is the mother of three bi-racial children who are growing everyday and is committed to creating an equitable society for all.

Anise Mazone

Anise Mazone

Anise Mazone
Director of Multicultural Student Engagement

Anise Mazone is Director of Multicultural Student Engagement in the Office for Student Affairs as well as an instructor in the Leadership Minor. For 14 years, she has worked to advance diversity, equity and inclusion across Student Affairs units. Anise has extensive experience working to increase the aspirations of underrepresented students who seek and persist to graduation. Anise’s work is also framed by leadership development and multicultural education.

She holds an M.A. in Multicultural Teaching and Learning and a B.A. in Psychology, both from the University of Minnesota.

Heather McGinnis

Heather McGinnis

Heather McGinnis
Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Heather McGinnis is the OSA liaison with the President’s Office, serves on the University’s Issues Management team and leads, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Foundation, OSA’s emerging fundraising program. She coordinates human resource functions, supports the student fees process and is part of a team who works with student government. Prior to her current role, Heather spent 15 years at The Ohio State University in student organization services, fraternity and sorority life, leadership and community service, student unions and student affairs development. 

Heather has an M.A. in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and a B.A. from Ohio University.

Meaghan Miller Thul

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Meaghan Miller Thul is the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life in the Office for Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Meaghan oversees the Student Life Units including Student Advocate Services, Parent and Family Program, Off Campus Living, Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Legal Service. Prior to her current role, Meaghan worked at the University of Minnesota collegiate student services units focused on student engagement, student retention, admissions, first-year experience, staff development and advising. She previously worked at the University of Cincinnati and Louisiana State University.  



Meaghan has an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration/Leadership and a B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Maggie Towle

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Maggie provides leadership for several student affairs units and serves as a co-chair of the President's Initiative for Student Mental Health (PRISMH). Prior to her current role, Maggie served as the Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and 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.