Interim President Bowling Announces Staff Changes in Student Affairs Office

In an email sent to faculty and staff on June 30, 2015, Dr. Tom Bowling, interim president of Frostburg State University, announced a number of changes in the division of student affairs.

After Dr. Jonathan Gibralter left FSU on July 1 for the Wells College presidency, Bowling began his tenure as interim president, vacating his prior position, vice president for student affairs.

“Dr. Jay Hegeman has been appointed Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and will serve in that role for the duration of my tenure as Interim President,” wrote Bowling in the email.

Dr. Johnston "Jay" Hegeman (Frostburg State University)
Dr. Johnston “Jay” Hegeman (Frostburg State University)

Although Dr. Johnston “Jay” Hegeman was most recently associate provost in the division for academic affairs, he had previously worked under Dr. Bowling in the office for student affairs. “Dr. Hegeman has had extensive experience in the Student Affairs division,” wrote Bowling in an email to The Bottom Line. “His areas were only recently moved from Student Affairs into Academic Affairs. He was selected on the basis of his extensive knowledge of experience of all aspects of the University, and the wide respect he has among his colleagues throughout the University.”

“Since 1976, he has held a number of administrative positions that have focused primarily on student success and continues that role by leading the newly established Academic Success Network,” according to an FSU press release. “He is involved with many planning groups on campus, including the Enrollment Management Committee, the President’s Advisory Committee for Institutional Effectiveness and the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee and is an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Hegeman also co-teaches a course he developed, Higher Education Structure and Governance, for the Doctor of Education program and teaches a section of FSU’s first-year seminar course, Introduction to Higher Education.”

Hegeman obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees as an FSU student. Hegeman, a 2011 inductee into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame, played soccer for FSU as an undergraduate, and he later coached men’s soccer for 15 years.

Bowling also announced that Dr. Shawn Golden-Llewellyn will serve as Director of the Counseling Center, and will report to Dr. Jesse Ketterman, Assistant VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Dr. Spencer Deakin, who previously directed the counseling center, “will be working on a variety of projects” as the Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs. Don Swogger, the Director of the S.A.F.E. Office, will be reporting to Dr. Jeff Graham, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

“Please join me in wishing these individuals all the best as they assume their new responsibilities,” wrote Bowling.

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