June 18, 2010

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

Mast Named Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

VALDOSTA -- President Patrick J. Schloss has named Russell F. Mast as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. As a member of the president’s senior advisory team, Mast is directly responsible for supervising all units within Students Affairs, including Access Office for Students with Disabilities, Career Services, Campus Recreation, Counseling Center, Alcohol and Other Drug Education, Health Promotions, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, Student Life, Student Conduct, Cooperative Education, Orientation and Leadership Programs, Volunteer Services and Parents Programs, and the Office of Testing.

A veteran staff member, Mast has worked in various positions during his 21 years at Valdosta State, having served as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (March 2010-present and 1999-2002); Assistant Dean of Students (1998-2002); Director of Student Activities (1991-1998); and Director of Intramural and Recreation (1989-1991). Mast has been an active member of more than 25 campus-wide committees and task forces, including the Student Union Steering Committee, which was responsible for the planning and construction of the new Student Union building.

"I am thankful for the diligent work of the search committee. They and numerous faculty and staff participating in the search recognized Mr. Mast's fine qualities and outstanding service,” Schloss said. “The prospect of an expanded and innovative student life focus under Mr. Mast is very exciting.”

Mast received a bachelor's degree and master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. In 1997, he received the Eastern Kentucky University “Outstanding Alumni Award” from the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics. Mast is a member of several professional organizations including the Southern Association for College Student Affairs and the National Association for Student Affairs Professionals.

An active member of the local community, Mast currently serves as chair of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority; is a graduate of Leadership Lowndes (2001); and was named a “Community Champion” by the Valdosta Daily Times (2000).

“I would like to thank Dr. Schloss for the opportunity to serve as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Valdosta State,” Mast said. “I look forward to working with the talented Student Affairs staff. Valdosta State is an outstanding institution with dedicated faculty and staff and great students. The Student Affairs division will continue its mission of providing quality programs, services and facilities for our students and the university community. I am excited about the future of VSU and I feel honored to be part of a great learning community.”