HAYS, KS -- Two Fort Hays State University administrative posts that provide vital services to students have been filled by individuals with strong ties to the university.
Dr. Herb Songer, FHSU's vice president for student affairs, announced that following two lengthy national searches, Dr. Diane Pfeifer and Joey Linn have been named as his new assistant vice presidents.
Pfeifer moves from a temporary position to a permanent position. She had been serving as interim assistant vice president for student affairs/registrar since returning to FHSU last year from Truman State University in Missouri. She now assumes the duties of assistant vice president for student affairs/student life, where she will work to enhance student quality of life and social experiences on campus.
Linn, FHSU's current director of admissions, assumes Pfeifer's old job as assistant vice president for student affairs/registrar.
Songer said that Pfeifer and Linn would start their new positions officially in July, but he said the transitions begin immediately. "We know these energetic professionals will play instrumental roles in leading Fort Hays State University into the future," he said. Songer added that the search for a new director of admissions would start immediately.
Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, also expressed his enthusiasm for the selections. "Diane left Fort Hays State to earn a doctorate degree, and she gained lots of practical experience that will translate well into her new duties," the president said. "She is extremely knowledgeable about Fort Hays State University, Hays and western Kansas, which also is a tremendous asset. It's just great to have one of our own return and accept this important post on a permanent basis."
"Joey Linn has clearly earned this promotion," Hammond continued. "As our director of admissions, he has already been an important part of our leadership team in recruitment and other issues related to the duties of the registrar."
Pfeifer said she was happy to be back in western Kansas and excited to be working at Fort Hays State University. "I have worked at other institutions of higher learning, some bigger and some smaller than Fort Hays State, but none can compare to the quality of education and the friendly environment found at FHSU," she said.
"I have grown a greater appreciation for Fort Hays State and what it has to offer," she continued. "With time and experience, you learn to appreciate the important things in life -- people and the human interactions. Fort Hays State University is an environment of support and challenge filled with endless opportunities and possibilities both personally and professionally. The university has left a positive mark on my life. It is now my turn to make a positive mark on the lives of the students I serve, and I take that role seriously. I look forward to extending my working relationship with faculty, staff and students in my new role for the continued growth and success of Fort Hays State University."
Joey Linn also commented about his new role at the university. "I am truly excited about this opportunity to advance in my career at Fort Hays State," he said. "The registrar and enrollment management functions of the university play an important role in the future of the institution. For the past 13 years, my family and I have been able to call Hays and FHSU our home and we are proud to be able to continue to do that. I look forward to working with the professional staff of the Registrar's Office and I hope to continue the relationships I have built with the administration, faculty and staff of the university."
Pfeifer received a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in counseling from FHSU, and she earned a Ph.D. in college student personnel administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She worked at FHSU as an admissions counselor from 1989 through 1991, and she was assistant admissions director in 1991-92. She also served as director of financial aid at Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1995 before becoming dean of students there from 1996 through 1999. She was the chief student affairs officer at Truman State University from November 1999 to July 2000. Pfeifer returned to Fort Hays State to serve as interim assistant vice president for student affairs/registrar in August 2000.
Linn received bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from FHSU, and he is currently completing his dissertation for a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. He was an admissions counselor at Kansas Newman College in 1987-88. He has worked for Fort Hays State the past 13 years in the Admissions Office, serving as director of admissions since 1996.