Dixie State University hires new associate provost for academic success

In preparation of the 2019-20 academic year, Dixie State University has selected Dr. Sarah Vandermark as the institution’s new associate provost for academic success.

Vandermark, who will be responsible for leading academic initiatives that advance student retention and success at Dixie State, is set to begin on Aug. 1. Currently, she serves as the assistant provost for student success at New Jersey City University. To fill the associate provost position, Dixie State conducted an extensive nationwide search in collaboration with Academic Search.

“Dr. Vandermark will bring a wealth of experience in leading academic advisement and academic success programs,” Dr. Michael Lacourse, Dixie State provost and vice president of academic affairs, said. “I am excited to welcome Dr. Vandermark onto campus and start implementing practices that will positively impact our students’ academic experiences here at Dixie State University.”

In addition to designing and implementing systems to improve students’ academic success, Vandermark will be responsible for expanding Dixie State’s portfolio of associate degree and certificate programs in line with the institution’s community college mission.

“I am excited to join this team of dynamic individuals who have welcomed me with such grace here at Dixie State University,” Vandermark said. “I look forward to collaborating and learning through my peers and helping with the strategic initiatives put forth by the university. I am grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get on campus.”

As the assistant provost for student success at New Jersey City University, Vandermark designed and led numerous initiatives that raised graduation rates by six percentage points over the past two years.

Prior to this, Vandermark served as the executive director of student success, director of the Advising Success Center and academic coordinator of advising for the College of Computing Sciences during her 14-year career with New Jersey Institute of Technology. Additionally, she has held various roles at The Art Institute of New York City, Cambridge Technology Partners, Boston University, Bay State College and Northeastern University.

Vandermark is a national speaker on student success and has published her work in several peer-reviewed journals. Vandermark earned a doctoral degree in counselor education from Montclair State University, a master’s in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from Wilkes University.

To learn more about student success at Dixie State University, visit studentaffairs.dixie.edu/student-success