UND hires interim vice-president for student affairs after former administrator fires over discrimination case

Beth Hellwig has been appointed Acting Vice President for Student Affairs by UND President Andrew Armacost. She started her new role on October 1 and is working virtually, but will be coming to Grand Forks soon.

Hellwig has held several posts in higher education at universities across the country. Most recently, she served as Acting Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at San Francisco State University. Previously, she was Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Prior to that, she was Dean of Students at Gonzaga University. Hellwig has held several different positions regarding student life at other universities including the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, and Montana State University.

“Dr. Hellwig brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher education that is directly linked to the mission of the Student Affairs Division of UND,” said Armacost. “In addition, her commitment to long standing advocacy for inclusion, equity and diversity will be instrumental as we refine our UND organizational structures to better meet the needs of all students. I look forward to the dynamic leadership she will bring to our campus as interim vice president of the division as well as her efforts alongside our special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion Tamba-Kuii Bailey, as we work to advance our efforts around the inclusion on campus.

Hellwig will hold the post for at least eight months, while the search for a permanent replacement for the post is underway.

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She succeeds former UND vice-president for student affairs Cara Halgren, who was removed from her post by Armacost following the resolution of a discrimination complaint filed by the former head of the Eric Plummer University police. Halgren was found by a administrative judge for discriminating Plummer on the basis of his political beliefs.

Hellwig holds a doctorate in student personnel administration from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Colorado State University, and a bachelor’s degree in pre-law. and political science from New Mexico State University.

“I can’t wait to start my interim role and can already say what an incredible president is leading the university,” Hellwig said. “My philosophy matches his leadership beliefs. I am committed to collaborating with faculty, staff, administrators and community members, and my heart grows rich working with student affairs professionals who are truly dedicated to helping students succeed.

Hellwig, who grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has two adult children. She will be coming to Grand Forks with her dog, Savannah, a western mountain terrier.

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