Staffing Announcement – Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

I’m very pleased to announce that, following a national search, Dr. Toyia Younger began her duties on August 20 as our new associate vice chancellor for student affairs, following the retirement of Mike López.   Toyia Younger was the assistant provost at Towson University, where she worked with faculty and staff, serving as a liaison between the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs divisions and handling student-related issues and opportunities. With a focus on student success, Dr. Younger worked extensively with a variety of on and off campus constituencies including local community colleges, the University System of Maryland, the Office of New Student Programs, and Towson’s Academic Advising Center.   Younger, Toyia

Prior to Towson University, Dr. Younger served as director of student affairs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in Washington, D.C.  While at APLU, she coordinated policies and programs for the Council on Student Affairs, a consortium of vice presidents for student affairs from APLU member institutions. Additionally, Dr. Younger worked on several projects that served as part of APLU’s degree completion portfolio and student success initiatives.

Dr. Younger has focused her research and expertise in areas related to higher education opportunity and access including community colleges, transfer students, college readiness and preparation, and underserved student populations. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. She holds a doctorate in education policy from the University of Maryland College Park and a master of arts in counseling and student development from Trinity University.

Dr. Toyia Younger can be reached at

John O’Brien, Ph.D. | Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs | Minnesota State Colleges and Universities | 30 7th St. E., Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101 – map | | 651-201-1497| Susan Platt, Assistant | | 651-201-1652 |

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an equal opportunity employer and educator. 

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