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MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Denise Maybank accepts new role at CUNY

September 8, 2020

Michigan State Vice President and Associate Provost Denise Maybank accepted a new position at the City University of New York as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

According to an email from MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, Maybank will be returning to her alma mater after 15 years at Michigan State. Maybank created the dorm neighborhood model on campus and lead students events such like Sparticipation and other welcome week activities. In addition, Maybank is credited with creating internship opportunities for students with the MSU Federal Credit Union.

More recently, Maybank helped with MSU’s COVID-19 response by developing the MSU Community Compact and helping create the COVID-19 fund for students through the federal CARES Act.

Beginning on Sept. 28, Maybank’s duties will be given to Vice President for Auxiliary Affairs Vennie Gore. Gore worked with Maybank to create the neighborhood model as well as playing a role in expanding mental health resources on campus and creating the MSU Multicultural Center.

According to the email from President Stanley, both Gore and Provost Teresa Woodruff will be evaluating the structure of student affairs for the future.

“Student affairs portfolios have grown in size and prominence at higher education institutions over the past few decades due to the importance of supporting student success and development holistically across academics, co-curricular and extracurricular activities and physical, mental and emotional health,” Stanley said. “The ties between student development and academic success are incontrovertible. Given the importance of this work, I believe it is important to conduct a comprehensive review of the entirety of the student affairs portfolio across the university to ensure appropriate alignment and synergies to best support the student experience.”

Maybank’s departure comes at an interesting time for Michigan State University as only 2,500 students remain on campus and student events are being held virtually as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. On Tuesday, 124 students, most of which live off-campus, were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 during the week of Aug. 30.

As the COVID-19 era continues to not have a clear ending in sight, MSU’s student affairs department looks to be heading toward some major changes.

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