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Two New Employees at VCSU

Feb. 19, 2013 10:35 AM | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President

Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President 

Two new employees are joining Valley City State University this month. One is a replacement for a former employee who accepted a new position, and the other is filling a newly created position. Greg Vanney has been hired as VCSU's new Director of Marketing and Communications, and Dr. Nadja Johnson has been hired to serve as VCSU's Diversity, Retention, and Inclusion Coordinator. Both are new to North Dakota and the Valley City community, and both begin their employment in late February.

As VCSU's Director of Marketing and Communications, Greg Vanney will be responsible for managing the overall University marketing strategy. Greg will chair the campus marketing committee, enforce graphic and brand standards, write various campus publications, and manage the marketing budget. In this capacity, he will also work closely with Enrollment Services developing plans for student recruitment. The Director of Marketing and Communications also manages public relations, creates press releases, develops advertising campaigns, maintains community relationships, and serves as a University spokesperson. Greg has an extensive background in higher education, and has spent most of the past 30 years in various communications positions at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Greg also worked for a brief time in creative services at the University of Iowa Foundation. Greg has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College.

This position fills the vacancy created when Doug Anderson left VCSU in November after serving the campus for over eight years. Doug accepted a position in St. Paul, MN at the System Office of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU).

Dr. Nadja Johnson has been hired to serve as VCSU's Diversity, Retention, and Inclusion Coordinator. This is a new position recently created as part of VCSU's ongoing efforts to strengthen student retention, and enhance the overall academic and student environment across the campus. In this capacity, Nadja will implement strategies to improve student completion and success, including meeting with at-risk students to monitor their progress and assess their needs, track student use of support services, and collaborate with university personnel to ensure that services meet needs. She will work with academic and administrative departments to promote student success through general advocacy and diversity education and programming that provides opportunities for student interaction and engagement on issues of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and international perspectives. The Coordinator also assists in the planning and implementation of study abroad, and cultural, gender, and sexual identity programs.

Dr. Johnson recently completed her PhD in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor's degree from Fisk University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Johnson has experience in multicultural programming, working with international students, and teaching at the university level.

We are pleased to add Greg and Nadja's talents to VCSU, and are excited to welcome them to the Valley City Community. Please offer these two individuals a hearty North Dakota welcome when you meet them!
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