Trae T. Cotton. Walden University, Minneapolis, MN Major: Education Emphasis: Higher Education Administration (degree conferral November 2009)

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Trae T. Cotton

Education

June 1999-Present Doctor of Philosophy

Walden University, Minneapolis, MN Major: Education

Emphasis: Higher Education Administration (degree conferral November 2009)

August 1998 Masters of Arts

Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico Major: Speech Communication

Emphasis: Interpersonal Communication

May 1993 Bachelor of Arts

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas Major: General Studies

Emphasis: Communication, History, Political Science

Experience

Radford University Radford, Virginia

October 2007- Present Associate Vice President/Dean of Students

 Report to the Vice President for Student Affairs

 Serve as lead administrator for the Division in absence of VP

 Administer budget in excess of $3.3 million

 Provide overall administrative direction, vision and supervision for:

o Dean of Student Office o Housing and Residential Life o Student Conduct

o Office of Multicultural and International Student Services

o Disability Resource Office

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o Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse Education Programs

o Parent and Family Association o Campus Ministries

 Serve as adviser for Student Government Association

 Member of the University Emergency Operations Command (EOC)

 Serve on University Executive Council

 Serve on Student Affairs Executive Council

 Serve on Student Finance Committee

 Organizational Team Lead for the implementation of campus wide Luminis Portal – vital component of the Unified Digital Campus

 Serve on Radford University/Radford City Joint Commission

 Serve on Advisory Response Committee –

university wide committee that oversees the Student Behavior Response Team

 Serve as Student Affairs representative on University Experiential Education Team

California State University Channel Islands (opened fall 2002) Camarillo, California

May 2006- Sept. 2007 Interim Dean of Student Life

Reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs

 Provided overall administrative direction and supervision for all aspects of the area of Student Life

o Student Leadership and Community  Clubs and Organizations  Student Events and Activities  Student Leadership Programs  Greek Affairs

 New Student Programs  Commuter Student Services o Disability Accommodations Services o New Student Orientation

o Personal Counseling Services

 Alcohol and Other Drug Programs o Career Development Services

o Student Health Center

o Multicultural Student Services

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o Interfaith Council

Administered budget in excess of $2,000,000

Served as Chief Judicial Officer

 Served on the Associated Student Board of Directors

 Served on Commission on Diversity and Human Relations (University Wide committee appointed by University President to look into diversity and equity issues on campus)

 Served on Western Associate of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation committee

 Served as member of the University Assessment Council

 Served as a member of the University Continuity Planning Board (Disaster preparedness planning)

 Served on University Emergency Operations Committee (EOC)

 Served as Chair of University New Student

Orientation Planning and Development Committee July 2005- May 2006 Associate Dean of Student Life

 Reported to the Dean of Student Life

 Represented the Dean of Student Life in his absence

 Directed the Department of Access and Development

o Career Development Services o Disability Accommodation Services o Student Health Center

o Personal Counseling Services o Interfaith Council

 Served as Chief Judicial Officer

 Served on the Associated Student Board of Directors

 Served on Commission on Diversity and Human Relation

 Served on task force creating the academic Center for Multicultural learning and Engagement

 Served on Western Associate of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation committee

 Co-authored CSUCI’s first federal Trio Grant for Educational Talent Search

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 Reported to the Dean of Student Life

 Represented the Dean of Student Life in his absence

 Served on Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team

 Provided oversight of all aspects of the universities new student housing program including:

o Budget (in excess of $925,000) o Student discipline

o Staff hiring o Maintenance o Marketing

o Involvement in the development of housing Phase II

 Continued supervisory responsibility for: o Recreation and Leisure Services o Educational Opportunity Programs o University Outreach Programs o Multicultural Student Programs o Interfaith Council

 Served on the Associated Student Board of Directors

 Served on Commission on Diversity and Human Relations

 Served on task force creating the academic Center for Multicultural Learning and Engagement

 Served on Western Associate of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation committee July 2002-July 2004 Founding Director, Office of Student Development

 Served as member of the administrative team of directors which reported directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs

 Supervised the areas of: o Student Activities

o Associated Student (student government student, programming board, student newspaper)

o Clubs and Organizations

o Recreation and Leisure Services o University Student Union o Multicultural Student Programs o Student Leadership Programs o New Student Orientation Programs o Interfaith Council

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 Liaised with all aspects of campus community in issues of concern to/with students

Walden University Bonita Springs, Florida

May 2000-May 2002 Associate Director, Office of Student Enrollment

 Part of a team of eight responsible for the recruitment of students to Walden University

 Responsibilities included assisting prospective students from the Mid-Atlantic region

 Fielded calls and electronic inquires from prospective students, and input necessary

information into the Student Information System (Datatel-Colleague)

 Reviewed applications for completeness before sending forward for appropriate review and admission decision

 Tracked and followed-up with inquires and

applicants to insure that all issues are addressed and assist in the completion of the application process.

 Sent correspondence via letters and electronically utilizing Colleague

 Developed and implemented regional information sessions designed to increase awareness of Walden University and the various program offerings.

 Represented Walden University at conference exhibits and other workshops

Florida Gulf Coast University (open fall 1997) Fort Myers, Florida

Jan 1999-May 2000 Assistant to the Dean of Student Services

 Represented the Dean of Student Services in his absence

 Held responsibility for clubs and organizations o Approved new clubs

o Assisted with budgets/club expenditures

 Advised Student Programming Board

 Advised Student Government Association

 Planned and implemented a variety of campus activities

 Approved utilization of campus resources (ie: facilities, A.V. equipment)

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 Planned leadership retreats and information workshops

 Organized divisional calendar of events

 Assisted in developing Divisional budget in excess of quarter million dollars.

 Was responsible for annual “Family Weekend”

 Served as “Administrator on Call” for housing

 Assisted with RA training.

Jan 1997-Jan 2000 Coordinator: College Reach Out Program

 Supervised staff of thirty part-time and two full time employees

 Administered budget in excess of $165,000

 Developed and maintain after school programs in middle and high schools throughout Southwest Florida

 Developed and administer Summer Institute and Summer Residential Programs for middle and high school students

 Exposed middle and high school students to university environment through the College Exploration Days

 Developed new and innovative programs to

motivate local students to view higher education as a viable option

 Acted as community liaison for Florida Gulf Coast University

 Successfully wrote three annual grant proposals for the Collage Reach Out Program

May 1998-July 1999 Edison Community College Fort Myers, Florida

Instructor: Humanities Department

 Taught Introduction to Human Communication April 1996-Jan 1997 Florida Gulf Coast University (open fall 2007)

Fort Myers, Florida

Coordinator: High School and Community College Relations/Admissions Specialist

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 Developed relations with area middle schools

 Participated in local college day(s) and career fairs

 Provided Dean of Student Services and/or Director of Admissions with regular communication

 Aided in the development of standards and procedures

 Promoted the ideals and principles of Florida Gulf Coast University and the Division of Student Services

Professional Involvement

January 2007 Graduate Mid-level Mangers Institute (MMI) American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Nov. 2005-Present Association of Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA)

Reviewer of Program Proposals for 2009 National Conference

Sept. 2003-2005 National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Sept. 2003-2005 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association

(NIRSA)

Sept. 2003- Present American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Jan, 1999, 2005-Present National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Community Involvement

March 2009 –Present Christiansburg Institute Board of Directors Member January 2008 – Present NAACP

Member

Awards

March 2009 Award of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Radford University Athletic Programs

April 2007 Honorary inductee into Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society (CSUCI)

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Aug. 2004 “40 under 40”

San Fernando Business Journal Award of Distinction May 2004 & 2006 Maximus Award Finalist (award sponsored by student

government at CSUCI and designed to recognized outstanding faculty, staff and students)

Nov. 2003 Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society (CSUCI) Award of Distinction

May 1999 FGCU Administrative & Professional Employee of the Year- nominee

May 1999 FGCU Eagle Excellence Award (recognition for understanding service in the area of student services selected by a committee of peers)

May 1998 FGCU Titan Award (awarded to the most influential personnel involved in the opening of Florida Gulf Coast University)

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