CHEYENNE, WYO. — A welcoming new presence just arrived at Laramie County Community College: Dr. Melissa Stutz, who recently started her new role as the vice president of student services at LCCC.
This position oversees nearly all of the non-academic aspects of the student experience at the college, including admissions, advising, financial aid, student life, registration, residence life, veterans services, and more.
"I'm honored to join President Joe Schaffer and his amazing leadership team to work with such talented and forward-thinking faculty, staff and students toward achieving the goals of LCCC and Wyoming. I look forward to servicing students, transforming lives, and becoming immersed in the community," she shared.
Stutz comes to LCCC from Wisconsin where she served as the associate vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment management for the University of Wisconsin Colleges, the two-year associate-granting institutions of that system. Her responsibilities there included developing and managing all programs, activities, and operations within student affairs and enrollment management across the 13 Wisconsin campuses and online.
Her extensive experience also includes stints at Roosevelt University, Columbia College, and McHenry County College. Stutz earned her doctorate in education with an emphasis in higher education leadership from Northcentral University, as well as a master's degree in human resource development from Webster University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
One of the aspects of LCCC that excites her most is the Guided Pathways model, set to launch in 2020.
"That's the lottery. In student services, your mindset is 'students first,'" Stutz said. "For LCCC's Guided Pathways to have an institutional initiative for student success, that's the greatest thing ever. Think about the student first, put the student first, and have processes that put the student first."
Stutz replaces Judy Hay, who retired after six years with the college.