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New assistant dean of students brings qualifications, experience, and excitement to USI

New assistant dean of students brings qualifications, experience, and excitement to USI

5/10/2013 | University Communications

Dr. Tara Frank has joined the University of Southern Indiana as the new assistant dean of students, effective July 1, 2013.

“We were impressed with the qualifications of Dr. Frank from the very beginning. She has worked in a variety of educational institutions, and will bring varied experiences to this new and important position,” said Dr.  Angela Batista, USI dean of students. “During her visit to campus, it was clear that she is student-centered and very enthusiastic about her work. I look forward to partnering with her in our efforts to expand access and support for all USI students through outreach, programming, and advocacy.”

Frank earned both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in counseling from Shippensburg University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2013.

“I am very excited to be joining the USI community. I felt an immediate connection to the students, faculty, and staff with whom I met on my interview, and am excited to begin working to establish relationships with them,” said Frank.

She previously served as assistant dean of students in the Office of Students at Lehigh University, associate director in the Office of Student Activities at Emory University, and the assistant director in the Office of Student Involvement at Rutgers College. Frank has presented papers at both national and international conferences concerning issues of higher education.

“I hope to impact the campus and the students positively, and support Dr. Batista's mission of making the Dean of Students Office a more inclusive, community-centered office,” Frank said.

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