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Judy Hay accepts vice president post at LCCC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The new head of Student Services will officially start at the college Sept. 10.

Laramie County Community College is happy to announce that Judy Hay has accepted the position of LCCC Vice President of Student Services. The national search for this position began in May with the guidance and assistance of Pauly Group Consultants. A search committee was formed at the college comprised of 12 various LCCC employees who were charged with the task of reviewing the 34 qualified applications and narrowing the field down to the top candidates.

“On behalf of the search committee, we are excited about this hire,” committee chair Lisa Murphy said. “Judy quickly rose to the top of the application pool. Her skills and qualifications are what make her a great fit for our campus.”

Hay will be joining the college from Montana State University – Great Falls, where she has served as the Assistant Dean/Chief Student Affairs Officer since 2006. She brings 22 years of higher education experience with her. She has a master’s degree in Education, Adult and Higher Education, a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University and a minor in Special Education from the University of Montana.

"The students, faculty, and staff I met when I visited campus were so welcoming that I immediately felt a connection with the people of LCCC," said Hay. "This is a college focused on doing good work and serving students well, so of course I want to be part of that team."

Hay will be reuniting with LCCC president Dr. Joe Schaffer. They worked together at Montana State University, where Hay helped establish a centralized model for student advising that received accolades from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the regional accrediting agency in the Northwest. She also paved the way for the creation of a “Student Central,” a one-stop shop for student services. Hay also established a seamless enrollment pathway for students, connecting recruitment, admission, intake and enrollment.

“I am truly looking forward to working with Judy again,” Dr. Schaffer said. “She will be a tremendous asset as an educational leader to LCCC, as well as to Cheyenne and Wyoming. We are very lucky to get her.”

Dr. Schaffer plans to have Hay bring her talents for implementing many of the student services practices she had success with in Montana, as well as develop new ideas to help better the services offered to students at LCCC.

“Her background positions us well for an accelerated deployment of many of these at the college,” Dr. Schaffer stated. “I am especially excited for her leadership in the development of a new advising model for LCCC, establishing a student services one-stop and strengthening our enrollment management practices.”

The official start date for Hay will be Sept.10, but she will be seen on campus well before that. Hay has informed Dr. Schaffer that she plans to join the campus on August 15 for the fall kick-off, faculty convocation and State of the College Address. During this visit she hopes to also spend time getting to know her student services team, as well as getting out into the community.