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CWU Hires New Dean of Student Success

Central Washington University has named Gregg M. Heinselman the new Dean of Student Success.

Heinselman, who was selected following a national search, had been serving as Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He will begin his new position on January 14.

 “Gregg brings more than 30 years of student affairs experience to the position,” noted Katherine Frank, CWU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life. “He has managed a broad array of student life-related programs and facilities, so he’ll be able to have an immediate and positive impact on our many student-focused services.”

Heinselman said he was grateful to be appointed to the job and looked forward to getting to work.

“The student-centered approach to learning at Central Washington University was apparent throughout the interview process,” he said. “I appreciate and value the intentionality behind the design of Student Success at CWU. The direct collaboration opportunities between academic and student affairs demonstrates that the commitment to teaching and learning encourages student success in the classroom, and in the campus and greater community.”

Heinselman earned his BS in Business Administration at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and an MS in Education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

He previously served as Dean of University Life at Duke University, Executive Director of University Centers and Campus Life at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Director of the Overman Student Center and Student Life at Pittsburg State University.

“As a first generation college student, I benefitted greatly from the many faculty mentors and advisors that took the time and interest in support of my learning,” he said. “I find it deeply personal to be able to assist students and work directly with faculty and administrators to provide the students the best learning experience and environment possible.”

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,