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Mason named president of Valley City State University

Posted on 10/30/2014

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The State Board of Higher Education today named Tisa Mason, Ed.D., as the next president of Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D.

Mason currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. Fort Hays State University has 13, 441 enrolled students through its on-campus, distance and international educational programs.

"The Board is pleased to appoint such an innovative leader as Dr. Mason to serve as the president of Valley City State University," said Board Chair Kirsten Diederich. "Her dedication to students and creative leadership style make her uniquely qualified to lead an institution focused on flexible, accessible, and innovative programs like VCSU."

Board Chair Diederich also chaired the campus committee that screened applicants, interviewed semifinalists, and forwarded its recommended finalists for the position to the Board.

"The President Search Committee deserves credit for its thorough work, as does Dr. Dahlberg for her work as interim president during this time of transition," said Diederich. "The committee was impressed by Dr. Mason's commitment to higher education access and diverse educational delivery methods, and I expect she will do an excellent job leading the university."
Mason previously served as the Dean of Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Whitewater, Wis., and the Executive Director of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and Foundation in Indianapolis, Ind.

Mason earned a doctor of education degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. She also holds a master of science degree in counseling and guidance/student personnel work in higher education from the Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology/anthropology from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky.

Mason will take over as president no later than December 31. She will succeed Dr. Steven Shirley who became president of Minot State University in July. Dr. Margaret Dahlberg is currently serving as interim president.

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