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Vice President Named
LEWISTON—Lewis-Clark State President Dene Thomas announced
today the selection of Dr. Richard “Deacon” Meier as Vice President for
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
“I’m pleased to announce this decision; Deacon has put a tremendous amount
of energy into his role here and we’ve been lucky to have someone so
ambitious in an interim situation,” Thomas said. “We had three very
well-qualified candidates and Deacon came out on top,” she said, adding that
it was good to have the search for the permanent vice president completed.
has served as interim vice president since 2000. The search for a permanent
administrator was put on hold until LCSC’s president was seated. Following
that, the process was again prolonged as the institution dealt with a series
of state funding cuts.
The position is a long-standing, vital role that oversees a wide range of
services to enrolled and prospective students. Meier will supervise all
offices under the umbrella of Student Affairs—including the registrar,
financial aid, enrollment management, career development, residence life,
learning services, the student success program, the student union building
and associated student activities. Meier is the primary administrative
contact for the Associated Student Body—ASLCSC and serves as the lead
advocate for student affairs.
Meier has over 29 years of experience in university student affairs
administration, including more than 23 spent as an assistant, associate, or
chief student affairs officer. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Psychology at Linfield College, a Master of Education Degree in Student
Personnel Administration at Western Washington University and his doctorate
in Educational Leadership at Seattle University. Before coming to
Lewis-Clark State, Meier was the Associate Vice President for Student
Affairs at Central Washington University.
Meier cites fostering student academic success and personal growth as goals
for the division. He also expresses a continuing commitment to promoting
diversity and strengthening multicultural awareness at the institution. He
says he has particularly enjoyed the opportunities to work closely with
student leaders on campus. “I’ve assisted students in becoming more
knowledgeable about the inner workings and governance of the college, and am
excited to continue in this kind of close advisory capacity.”
He and his wife Kim live in Uniontown.