EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS: A news conference with the first candidate will be at
9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25. The location for all five news conferences will
be the Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall (601 Park Street). A print-quality photo
of the first candidate is available through the Tisa Mason link on the webpage
HAYS, Kan. -- The
first of five candidates selected as presidential finalists for Fort Hays State
University will meet with campus and community groups on Monday and Tuesday,
finalist, Dr. Tisa A. Mason, currently serves as the vice president for student
affairs at FHSU and will be accompanied by her husband, Bill Mason.
2008, Dr. Mason has been responsible for the Division of Student Affairs at
FHSU, serving as a member of the president’s executive leadership team,
responsible for facilitating and coordinating recruitment, retention and
graduation of students. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Mason served as
the dean of student life at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2004-2007)
and as executive director of Sigma Kappa Sorority & Foundation in
Indianapolis, Ind. (1994-2004), among other positions.
A native of
Feeding Hills, Mass., she received her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the
College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., a Master of Science in education
from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology/anthropology
from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. While pursing her doctorate, she
was the recipient of the Armand J. and Mary Faust Galfo Education Research
Award, given annually to the graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding
promise in educational research and helpfulness to fellow students. She is also
the recipient of multiple national awards, including the Association of
Fraternity/Sorority Advisors' Robert H. Shaffer Award and the Sue Kraft Fussell
Distinguished Service Award as well as the National Society of Leadership and
Success Excellence in Service to Students Award.
is invited and encouraged to meet the candidate for a reception on Monday,
March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Stouffer Lounge, room 222, in the Memorial Union
(700 College Drive) on the FHSU campus.
Edward H. Hammond announced his retirement effective June 30, 2014, after
serving the university since 1987. Shortly thereafter, the Kansas Board of Regents
initiated the search process by selecting Denis Miller, Phillipsburg, chair of
the FHSU Foundation Board of Trustees, to chair the Presidential Search
Committee. In December, the Regents selected the members of the search
committee, comprising 19 individuals representing FHSU constituencies such as
faculty, students, administration, staff, alumni, the Hays community and the
Board of Regents.
pleased with the number of outstanding candidates that have applied for the
presidency at Fort Hays State University," said Miller, "and we look
forward to continuing the process that will lead to selection of a new
The dates for
the other four presidential finalists’ visits are as follows: March 27-28,
April 1-2, April 7-8 and April 10-11. Details will be forthcoming.
For more information
about the FHSU Presidential Search process, visit:
Committee will submit to the Board of Regents its candidate recommendations at
the conclusion of the campus interviews. The Board anticipates naming the next
Fort Hays State University president in late April.