Southern Utah University is very excited to announce the completion of a national search to fill the position of vice president for Student Services with the hiring of Donna M. Eddleman to replace the retiring Georgia Beth Thompson.
Eddleman comes to SUU with 20 years of experience in student service operations on several different college campuses, most recently as the Dean of Students at Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia. She has worked at CNU for ten years.
President Michael Benson said, “The addition of Donna Eddleman to our campus community is an enormous coup for Southern Utah University. Her expertise, especially in the area of the residential life experience, is a perfect match for SUU at this time and we're excited to add her vision and enthusiasm to this position.”
In her current role at Christopher Newport University she has managed the Student Affairs operations including; career development, counseling, coaching and consulting, Greek Affairs, Health and Wellness Services, Judicial Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Orientation, Residence Life and Student Activities.
Eddleman said, “I consider it a privilege to have been chosen to serve as the Vice President of Student Services at Southern Utah University. My passion is serving students and working collaboratively with faculty and staff to bring to life the lessons of the classrooms.”
Benson added, “I know the students were very impressed with her during the interview process and are very much looking forward to her tenure in student life.” Eddleman responded, “It is clear that President Benson is focused on enhancing the quality, reach and reputation of SUU and I am excited to be a part of that initiative.”
Eddleman received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, a master’s degree in Human Resource Management with an emphasis in Student Services from Utah State University and has completed coursework at the College of William and Mary in her doctoral degree in Educational policy, Planning and Leadership. She has been married to Jerry L. Eddleman for 16 years.
Eddleman is a native of New York and began her career as the Director of Residence Life at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York and has also served as the Director of Student Life at Colorado Northwestern Community College, and the Director of Orientation and the First Year Experience at Michigan Technological University.
A national search was completed at the end of the week that included dozens of candidates from across the country. Eddleman came to campus and completed interviews with dozens of representatives from across the campus, including students, faculty, staff and administration.