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New Division of Student Affairs reorganizes with Hibler and Stevenson promotions

Aug 16, 2019

In a new direction that was laid out by Flagler College President Joseph G. Joyner on Friday, Aug. 9, the Flagler College Office of Student Services was renamed the Division of Student Affairs. Additionally, other changes announced include restructuring positions, renaming offices and establishing expanded roles for Dean Dirk Hibler and former Director of the Career Development Center Tara Stevenson. Stevenson’s new title will be Dean of Student Engagement.

In addition to serving as the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Sandra Miles will also assume the role of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In accordance with the college’s new five-year strategic plan, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has been established to promote a culture of inclusion where individuals from all racial and ethnic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities are able to thrive and be engaged as students, faculty and staff. The office will provide support for QEP and all other diversity and inclusion initiatives that advance diversity as a critical component of social, academic and civic life at Flagler College.

In addition to serving as the Title IX Coordinator, Jessica Kobryn will also assume the role of Equity Investigator in support of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Her office is now located in the Student Center room 218.

Joyner stated in a campus-wide email, “As the College embarks on a new strategic direction aimed at enhancing the student and overall campus experience in meaningful ways, I believe these changes are a great step in the right direction to align our internal values with a more visible commitment to student success.”

For her new role as Dean of Student Engagement, Stevenson explained how pairing Student Activities and Intramurals/Campus Recreation with Career Development is a natural fit because the three offices are where the students develop their passions; in this case a development process that will begin as a student finds their niche on campus and then transitions those passions into a career.

“I am thrilled to take on this new leadership role here at Flagler and help empower our team to showcase an exciting student life here at Flagler,” said Stevenson. “Our students are so unique in their various interests, passion for leadership and commitment to their communities. It will be exciting to see how we can all work together.” 

Hibler expressed similar excitement about the Division of Student Affairs’ direction, under new Vice President Dr. Sandra Miles. He is in his sixteenth year at the college and although his title already included Dean, his responsibilities are now greater, including overseeing Residence Life, Safety and Security and Health Services. He will also share supervisory responsibilities with Miles for Counseling and CARE.

“I look forward to increasing our visibility on campus and working with our staff and students to enrich their lives outside of the classroom,” said Hibler.

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