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.

Vesna Hampel-Kozar, Ph.D.

Vesna Hampel-Kozar

Vesna Hampel-Kozar
Director of Student Counseling Services

Dr. Vesna Hampel-Kozar (she/her/hers) leads efforts to proactively and responsively support student mental health and academic and career well-being through Student Counseling Services (SCS). Vesna previously served as the St. Paul Office Coordinator for SCS, and in student affairs leadership roles at Metropolitan State University for nearly a decade prior to joining the SCS staff in 2015. 

Vesna received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University.

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, Parent and Family Program, Student Advocate Services, Student Conflict Resolution Center, Student Legal Services, 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. 

Jennifer Krzmarzick, M.D.

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Jennifer Krzmarzick, M.D.
Interim Assistant Vice Provost, Director, Chief Health and Medical Officer, Boynton Health

Jennifer splits her responsibilities between managing the clinical and daily administrative operations of Boynton Health. She manages the assessment and monitoring of campus health issues, coordinates services with other campus and community organizations, and develops programs to address the personal and public health issues of the University community. 

Prior to joining the OSA leadership team as interim assistant vice provost in January 2021, Jennifer served as Interim Chief Medical Officer for Boynton (2019 to present) and as Director of Primary Care (2012 to 2019). She is Board Certified in Family Medicine (1996) and continues to see patients of all ages in the areas of women’s health, preventive medicine, acute and chronic illness care, and mental health assessment and care. 

Jennifer earned her M.D. from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

June Nobbe, Ph.D.

Dr. June Nobbe

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

Dr. June Nobbe oversees areas of student life including Fraternity & Sorority LIfe, Off-Campus Living, Career Services, and the academic Leadership Minor.  June also chairs an IRB Social/Behavioral Sciences committee and is the final appellate officer for student behavior on the Twin Cities campus.

June received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Administration (higher education emphasis) from the University of Minnesota.

Julie Reuvers

Julie Reuvers

Julie Reuvers
Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Julie Reuvers manages the budget and capital planning, and leads strategic planning and employee engagement efforts for Student Affairs. In addition, she leads internal communications and priority projects, and contributes to division-wide marketing and communications efforts. Former deputy chief of staff to University President Emeritus Eric Kaler, Julie has more than two decades of administrative experience in higher education, including 10 years working with NCAA Division I student-athletes. 

Julie holds an M.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Arizona State University.

Krista Soria, Ph.D.

Krista Soria

Krista Soria, Ph.D.
Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Partnerships for the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium. 

Dr. Soria has 20 years of experience working in higher education and she has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles on college students' involvement, experiences, and development. She is also an adjunct faculty member at numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, St. Cloud State University, and St. Mary's University. 

Dr. Soria has a PhD from the Educational Policy and Administration program (higher education emphasis) at the University of Minnesota. 

Meaghan Miller Thul

Meaghan Miller Thul

Meaghan Miller Thul
Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
​​​​Director of the Parent & Family Program

Meaghan Miller Thul is responsible for supporting and communicating with families of students. In addition, she supports external communication efforts for the Office for Student Affairs. Prior to her current role, Meaghan worked at the University of Minnesota for 15 years in 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.

Serena L. Wright

Serena Wright

Serena L. Wright
Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Director of Special Events

Serena Wright works with the Office for Student Affairs, the Office of the President, and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost on strategic development and implementation of signature events and programs. She brings over 25 years of experience to this role, previously serving as events director for General College and as senior alumni relations director for the U’s College of Education and Human Development.
Serena is known for her high energy, enthusiasm, love of the University, and for reminding community members always to “Represent!” With this rich conceptual and organizational prowess, she works to strengthen the cohesion, commitment, and inclusiveness of the University's amazing web of human potential. Her husband, Professor Emeritus John Wright, who recruited her to the University, remains entranced by what he calls the gift of her “ceremonial imagination.” 
 
Serena holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

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