Leadership Team

Calvin D. Phillips, D. Ed.

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Vice President for Student Affairs

Calvin D. Phillips, D. Ed. is the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and serves as the chief student affairs officer of the University of Minnesota multi-campus system. Calvin provides strategic leadership for the 20 units and more than 500 employees that comprise the Office for Student Affairs on the Twin Cities campus. He is a part of the University’s executive leadership team and works collaboratively in this capacity to advance the university’s mission and strategic plan. He began in this role at UMN on March 1, 2021. 

Prior to his current role, Calvin served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). He had leadership responsibility at EMU 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. Prior to joining Eastern Michigan, he served as vice president for student affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Calvin has also held positions at the University of Texas-Pan American, Winston-Salem State University, University of Northern Iowa, Shippensburg University, and Slippery Rock University.

Calvin 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.

He has held many leadership roles in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and currently serves on the prestigious James E. Scott Academy Board. Calvin also serves on Student Affairs planning and programming committees for the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Calvin is the father of five children, and was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Sharia, have been married for 25 years

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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.

Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock
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.

Katie Jackson, Ed. D.

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Katie Jackson Ed. D.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

As the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Katie Jackson Ed. D. provides leadership and strategic direction for six student advocacy and support units. 

Prior to joining UMN, she served as Dean of Students and Interim Assistant Chancellor for Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Katie has also held positions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Missouri University of Science and Technology, College of St. Benedict, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Katie earned a Masters of Education in College Student Personnel and a Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi.

She was the 2019 recipient of the UMD Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award and the 2022 recipient of the Association for Student Conduct Administration's Individual Excellence Award. She is listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court roster of qualified neutrals. In 2021, she published a book chapter in Thriving as a Women in Leadership in Higher Education. She has experience leading teams in residence life, Title IX, student success, diversity, equity and belonging, disability resources, student unions and activities, violence prevention, student health and counseling, alumni relations and annual giving, student conduct, conflict resolution, and strategic planning. She has served as an advisor for fraternity and sorority life, Residence Hall Association, and student government.

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

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Anise Mazone
Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Multicultural Student Engagement

Anise Mazone is the Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Multicultural Student Engagement. She has extensive experience working to increase the aspirations of underrepresented students to seek and persist in higher education. Her work is framed by social justice, and she has developed diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies for various departments. She holds a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in multicultural college teaching and learning from the University of Minnesota. 

Anise has dedicated her life to making a difference by promoting education and supporting students on their journey. She is involved in the community and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Parents in Community Action (PICA) Head Start for over fifteen years, and the Roho Collective, a BIPOC artist collective.

Heather McGinnis

Heather McGinnis

Heather McGinnis
Sr. 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
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life

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 Towle
Sr. Associate Vice President

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.

Trenton Raygor

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Trenton Raygor
Director of Information Technology

Trenton provides leadership for the strategic planning and supervision of Student Affairs Information Technology. In his role, he works directly with The Office of Information Technology to ensure that our IT services best support The Office for Student Affairs units and our student body. Trenton has 20 years of experience leading IT in collegiate, administrative and clinical healthcare spaces at the University of Minnesota.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Minnesota State Mankato and is a graduate of the MOR IT Leaders Program and specializes in IT Leadership, Business Technology Architecture, Audit & Compliance. 

Sara Nagel Newberg

Sara Nagel Newberg
Executive Director, Career Services Administration