Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life at Black Hills State University, is taking on a new position as assistant to the president and director of special projects as of July 1, 2007.

In her new position, Haislett will oversee several special projects including serving as chairperson for the 125th Anniversary Celebration for BHSU, coordinating emergency planning procedures, and managing the review and development of the university policy manual.  She will also coordinate training and professional development for the campus by assisting with staff orientation and creating on-going faculty and staff professional development events.

Haislett joined the administration at BHSU as vice president for student life in 1994. Since then she’s led the department of student life through many changes and enhancements including major additions to the student union, the development of a comprehensive orientation program for new students, and the upgrade and relocation of the child care service to a new facility.

Haislett began her higher education career in 1972 as assistant dean for student life at Rider College in Lawrenceville, N.J. She completed her Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., in 1980 and began her tenure at Clemson University as a staff counselor. She also served as a counseling psychologist, associate director and director of the counseling center at Clemson. Haislett has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and modern languages and a master’s degree in college counseling and student personnel administration.

The university is conducting a national search for the vice president for student life position and expects to have someone in place July 1, 2007.