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Two Administrators Appointed to
Student Development and Diversity Positions

 MAILED:  June 25, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire staff members have been appointed to senior administrative positions in the Office of Student Development and Diversity.

Jodi Thesing-Ritter has been named the new associate dean of student development. She will replace Robert Shaw, who retired in May.

Thesing-Ritter came to UW-Eau Claire 10 years ago as a residence hall director and currently is assistant director of Housing and Residence Life, a position she has held since 2001. She will be responsible for a wide range of student services and will work to secure external funding to support the implementation of innovative programs to promote student success and development. She also will coordinate the administration of Student Disciplinary Procedures.

Thesing-Ritter has a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, and a master's degree from Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City.

Jesse Dixon has been appointed director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Dixon has been serving as interim director of the office.

Dixon will oversee activities that provide support for African American, American Indian, Asian American and Hispanic/Latino students, as well as other minority or economically disadvantaged students who have been under-represented in higher education.

He also will help recruit students and coordinate the university's Gear Up Program. The Gear Up Program provides early college preparation and awareness services to students in low-income public school districts through tutorial centers, mentoring programs and student advocates.

Dixon came to UW-Eau Claire in January 1994 as coordinator of multicultural student recruitment for the American Ethnic Coordinating Office. He was named interim director of the American Ethnic Coordinating Office in June 2004, after Jim Vance retired. The name of the office has since changed to the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Dixon has a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree from UW-Stout. He currently is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration.

"Both of these individuals will play critical roles in continuing our strong tradition of student-centered teaching and learning at UW-Eau Claire," said Kimberly Barrett, associate vice chancellor for Student Development and Diversity.

Thesing-Ritter and Dixon will begin their new duties in July.



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Updated: June 25, 2004