OXFORD • The University of Mississippi has hired Kansas native Brent Marsh to be the new assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs and dean of students starting Aug. 1. Marsh will oversee four university organizations and offices.
A native of Emporia, Kansas, Marsh has worked in higher education at several universities, most recently as vice president for Student Affairs at Rogers State University in Oklahoma.
According to a recent press release from The University of Mississippi, Marsh was chosen after a nationwide search to fill the position. In the release, Marsh said he was recommended to the open position through a colleague.
Brandi Hephner LeBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs, said through Marsh’s leadership, the department will pursue expanding fraternity and sorority life and developing leadership and advocacy initiatives.
“Based on his references, it was clear that high-level collaboration is his strength. This role requires effective working relationships with many campus offices and alumni, so I know he will build proactive relationships,” LaBanc said.
With two decades of experience in higher education student affairs today, Marsh started his career through involvement in student life administration and as an assistant residence life coordinator during his senior year at Kansas State University, where he later acquired his bachelor’s degree in sociology.
“Within weeks, my eyes were opened to the prospect of doing student affairs work for a living. I knew this is the work I was called to, and I’ve never looked back,” Marsh said in the release.
He later earned a master’s degree in college student personnel and a doctorate in higher education administration.
Prior to working at Rogers State University, Marsh served at Howard Payne University in Texas in roles that included dean of student life, assistant vice president for student life and dean of students, and as vice president for student life and dean of students.
Marsh has also worked in both residence life and student affairs at McMurry University in Texas and at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Marsh will oversee four offices and organizations to include the Ole Miss Student Union, Umatter: Student Support and Advocacy, the Office of Fraternal Leadership and Learning and the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct.
Marsh said in the release he plans to be highly visible and plugged in with student affairs, and will use his new role to build relationships on campus between different groups such as students, faculty, alumni, parents and the community.
“I look forward to collaborating with these groups to enhance the student experience in the renovated Ole Miss Student Union, fraternity and sorority life, student organizations and beyond,” Marsh said.
“Working collectively, I hope to provide leadership in enhancing a welcoming and inclusive campus environment in which all students can succeed and thrive.”