Our Mission

The Division of Student Affairs partners with students to help them create a collegiate experience that engages them with the campus community, encourages their growth and success, and helps them develop essential skills that improve workplace readiness and lifelong success. We support inclusive and welcoming campus communities that contribute to students’ holistic development and empower them to be engaged and ethical citizens.

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  • Integrity - We will be honest, authentic, and trustworthy at all times.
  • Inclusion - We will create and engage all students in creating a community that is inclusive to all students and fosters free expression of all ideas. 
  • Community - We will create engagement opportunities and support for all students to increase their affinity for KSU find their home on campus. 
  • Discovery - We will create a dynamic environment that nurtures students’ curiosity for self-exploration and lifelong learning.
  • Civility - We will foster awareness and appreciation of our commonalities and differences through meaningful dialogue and thoughtful action.

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Eric Arneson

Vice President for Student Affairs

As the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA), Dr. Arneson provides leadership and direction for much of the co-curricular student experience at KSU. He serves as the chief student advocate and expert on campus and provides direct counsel to President Kathy Schwaig and other key leaders in championing student success. Dr. Arneson will foster student engagement and success by oversight of divisional departments; Dean of Students, Cultural and Community Centers, Counseling and Psychological Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student-Athlete Support Services, Sports and Recreation, CARE Services, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Military and Veteran Services, Parent and Family Programs, Student Leadership and Services, among other areas all dedicated to creating engaging, inclusive, and supportive communities for our students.

Dr. Arneson joins KSU after serving as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He previously worked in high level Student Affairs positions at Florida International University, University of Miami, University of Illinois and others. He has been very involved in professional associations in leadership positions and has facilitated workshops and trainings nationally on Student Affairs related topics such as leadership development, communication, creating inclusive communities, and navigating career progression. He is recognized as an expert in Student Affairs and student engagement.

Dr. Arneson holds a doctorate in Higher Education from Florida International University, a Masters of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. 

Dr. Eric Arneson