Dr. Lois Flagstad, dean of Student Life at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, has been named vice president for Student Life at Black Hills State University.

Flagstad, who has been at Kearney for the last 15 years, has an extensive background in student affairs leadership. As the dean of Student Life she oversees the counseling and health care services, the student union, the center for academic success, multicultural affairs, career services, residential life, judicial affairs, student life, campus emergency operations and serves on the chancellor’s cabinet, the administrative council, and the dean’s council. She also teaches graduate level courses and presents student affairs seminars.

President Kay Schallenkamp noted that Flagstad has an impressive administrative background along with a remarkable global outlook that will serve BHSU students well.

“Dr. Lois Flagstad brings a strong student life background along with exceptional experience in current trends to address student needs,” Schallenkamp says. “I look forward to welcoming her to our campus. I know she will be a great asset to Black Hills State University.”

Flagstad says she’s excited to get started at BHSU and looks forward to working with students to enhance their academic experience.

“In the technological and global world in which we live, students need solid, public intuitions that will challenge and support them as they find their voice in and heart for the world,” Flagstad says. “I believe I can be a positive component to BHSU’s vision and mission in a student’s academic and personal daily life. My international academic involvement has enhanced my appreciation for the need of students to think, act and live globally.”

Before joining the staff at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Flagstad served in various student life positions at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Flagstad, who is originally from South Dakota, earned her doctorate in college student personnel administration from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo., in 1997. She also has a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in community counseling from St. Cloud State University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.