August 20, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University has appointed a new leader who
will work to strengthen the University’s commitment to student
success, access, and support. Dr. Robert Dotson is the new Associate
Dean of Students, effective Sept. 9.
The Chicago native has more than 25 years of experience in student affairs.
“Dr. Dotson has led successful campus-based programs and initiatives
to support student civility, diversity, social justice, and inclusion,
and we look forward to his contributions at VU,” VU Provost and Vice
President of Instructional Services/Dean of Faculty Dr. Laura Treanor
said. “I am tremendously proud of the quality instruction that we
offer at VU and I know for certain that our desired educational
outcomes for students would not be possible without our colleagues in
the VU Student Affairs Division.”
Dotson will head the VU Office of Judicial Affairs and oversee the
Counseling Center, Diverse Abilities and Accommodations, and Parent
and Family Services.
“Through the Student Affairs Division, Vincennes University strives
to provide our students with the support needed to navigate a
successful college experience,” VU Assistant Provost and Dean of
Students Whitney Daugherty said. “I believe Dr. Dotson’s experience in
student affairs and knowledge will assist the division in achieving
these goals. Dr. Dotson will be a great addition to the Student
Affairs Division with his experience and knowledge of judicial
affairs. We look forward to welcoming him on campus.”
His substantial background has taught him what needs to be done to
ensure the success of every student.
“I bring a wealth of experience because I have been in the field so
many years and I’ve been blessed to have professional roles in many
units that fall under student affairs,” Dotson said. “I have
fortunately been able to transition into a variety of touch areas:
residential life, student activities, building operations,
multicultural affairs, Greek life, student conduct, and in doing that
I have gained knowledge and experience in those areas. Additionally,
I’ve worked with advisors, admissions, financial aid, alumni
relations, and athletics on what we can do to assist and support students.”
Dotson earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education
Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He received a
Master of Education in College Student Affairs from the University of
South Florida. Dotson obtained a Bachelor of Science in Clothing and
Textiles from Southern Illinois University.
He comes to VU from Texas A&M University-Commerce where he served
in various capacities, including Assistant Dean of Campus Life and
Student Development, Director of Diversity and Cultural Affairs, and
University Student Conduct Officer.
Before his appointments at Texas A&M University-Commerce, he
served at Wright State University as Associate Director of Student
Judicial Services and Greek Affairs. He was Director of Multicultural
Student Affairs at Shepherd University, Program Advisor in the Office
of Student Leadership and Activities at the University of South
Florida, and Assistant Director of Wilson Commons/Student Activities
at the University of Rochester. He started in higher education as a
Graduate Assistant for the Housing Programming Office at Southern
He belongs to several organizations, including the Association for
Student Conduct Administrators, National Association of Student
Personnel Administrators, American College Personnel Association,
National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha
“There is no shortage of creativity among our VU Student Affairs
professionals and I am confident that Dr. Dotson’s wealth of
experience in the field of student affairs will be a fantastic
addition,” Treanor said.
Students, faculty, and staff should expect to see Dotson outside of
his office. He relishes interacting with students and the campus community.
“One of the things I have been doing for years is getting out and
going to student events,” he said. “That’s how I engage with students.
I attend any number of activities throughout the academic year.
Furthermore, I was one of the co-facilitators of the African-American
male mentorship program (at Texas A&M-Commerce) and it gave
students the opportunity to see me outside of my role as assistant
dean. Lastly, I am a coffee drinker, so it’s not unlike me to walk
across campus with my Starbucks mug and talk with students.”