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USFSP names vice chancellors of academic affairs, student affairs

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Officials at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus have chosen two vice chancellors: Martin Tadlock will oversee academics and research; Patricia S. Helton will be responsible for student life.

Tadlock was named regional vice chancellor of academic affairs. Tadlock will lead the Division of Academic Affairs. His job will include oversight of faculty and staff activities that pertain to teaching, research and service. He will also be responsible for three colleges – Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education – the Nelson Poynter Library, Academic Advising, the Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center, Registration and Records, and Campus Computing.

“Dr. Tadlock is an outstanding choice for this key leadership position,” said Sophia Wisniewska, USFSP regional chancellor. ”He offers strong academic experience, as well as deep experience in developing and launching new programs. I am very pleased to have Martin as an academic partner as we continue to implement strategic initiatives aimed at taking USFSP to new levels of excellence.”

Tadlock said, ““I am truly excited to join the faculty, staff and students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. As someone who has ‘been around’ for a while in higher education, I know that the reputation of a university and the success of its students depends upon the passion and dedication of talented people who work together to improve lives, ask questions, pursue answers to those questions, and open up windows of opportunity for those around them. I saw that passion and dedication in those I met with at USFSP and in the St. Petersburg community.”

Tadlock has a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Masters of Education in Secondary Education from Utah State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership from Miami University of Ohio.

Most recently, Tadlock served as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College in northern Minnesota. From 2006-2012, he was assistant vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and provost at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, where he also served as interim president for six months during a presidential search.

While at Bemidji State, Tadlock engaged faculty and staff to create BSU’s first master academic plan, co-chaired the university’s strategic planning council to draft a new university strategic plan, and secured new international partner universities as part of a university internationalization initiative. He led efforts to develop new distance learning programs, grow enrollment, and secure partnerships resulting in the creation of a new regional innovation/entrepreneurship center and a regional arts center.

Helton was named regional vice chancellor for student affairs. She will be responsible for all aspects of student life, including Student Government, Campus Recreation, the Wellness Center, Disability Services, the Career Center, Housing, and Financial Aid.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Helton has accepted our offer to lead the division of Student Affairs,” Wisniewska said. “Student Affairs is integral to student success; the division plays a significant role in how students experience the campus and, ultimately, how well they leverage all of the opportunities we provide to complement learning in the classroom.”

Helton said, “Throughout my career, I have been inspired by students, faculty and staff to work together to create high-impact educational programs. I look forward to exceptional opportunities at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and I am enthusiastic about continuing to advance important student-centered initiatives that make a difference.”

Helton earned a B.S. degree from Oklahoma City University; an M.Ed. from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas; and a doctorate in education from in Education from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She has leadership training from the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, and the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Penn.

Most recently, Helton was Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life at the University of Denver (DU).

She joined DU in 2003 as associate provost for Campus Life while teaching in the University’s Morgridge College of Education. During her tenure she led or co-led several strategic planning initiatives, including the creation of an Office for Student Outreach and Support, the Center for Advocacy and Prevention Education, the University Chaplains Office, and expanded services in Housing and Residential Education and Academic Advising. Helton worked with the Center for Multicultural Excellence to create initiatives and programs that address social justice issues, including a division-wide Inclusion Change Team and the Task Force on Inclusive Hiring and Recruiting.

Both will arrive at USFSP in July.

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