BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Maria “Mari” Fuentes-Martin, who currently serves as associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Texas – Pan American and associate vice president for student life and dean of students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, as associate vice president and dean of students, with a starting date of Aug. 24.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Mari Fuentes-Martin to the LSU leadership team,” LSU President F. King Alexander said. “Dr. Fuentes-Martin brings with her years of experience and accomplishments as a dean of students, and we look forward to working with her. A special thanks goes to the search committee and all those who participated in the interview process by providing feedback to ensure LSU hires the best person for the position.”
LSU conducted a national search for associate vice president and dean of students and brought four candidates to campus for interviews and open forums with students, faculty and staff. Emily Hester, assistant to the vice president for student life and enrollment, chaired the search committee.
The associate vice president and dean of students serves as the official second-in-command to the vice president for student life and enrollment on campus and is the chief administrator for the Office of the Dean of Students, which serves more than 30,000 students and ensures a comprehensive support network of programs and services are in place to meet the needs of a large, researched-focused, public university. The position also oversees Campus Life, Greek Life, Student Advocacy and Accountability, and Disability Services and serves in an advisory capacity to Student Government.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected to serve as the Associate VP and Dean of Students at LSU,” Fuentes-Martin said. “LSU provides a unique collegiate experience which balances academic life, personal growth and leadership development in a diverse living and learning environment. My family and I believe that this is a good move for all of us and can’t wait to be an active part of the LSU family.”
Fuentes-Martin replaces former Dean of Students K.C. White, who took a position at Kennesaw State University. Executive Director of Residential Life and Housing Steve Waller has served as interim dean of students in the meantime.
Fuentes-Martin received her bachelor’s degree in history and business administration and her master’s degree in not-for-profit administration, both from the University of Notre Dame, and received a Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She has more than 24 years of experience in higher education, serving in a dean of students role for the past 15 years.
Fuentes-Martin has served as associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Texas – Pan American since 2013 and associate vice president for student life and dean of students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, which is a new university opening in the fall and expected to have an enrollment around 30,000 students, since 2014.
Fuentes-Martin has also held positions at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, as dean of students from 2000-2004 and associate vice president and dean of students from 2004-2013; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as assistant/associate dean of students from 1994-2000; and the University of Notre Dame, assistant director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs from 1991-94, assistant director of Alumni Clubs from 1990-91 and minority student recruiter from 1986-89.
During her career, Fuentes-Martin has received a number of awards and profession development recognitions including Women’s Leadership Institute Spelman and Johnson Group Scholarship, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Kellogg MMI Fellowship, Leadership Texas Class of 2005, Student Affairs Going the Extra Mile Award and the Women’s Center for Education and Service at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Pioneer Award, among others.
For more information on the Office of the Dean of Students, visit http://students.lsu.edu/deanofstudents.
Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations