Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I am excited to share with you that Sarah Moschenross will be joining Lafayette as our new Vice President for Student Life. Sarah brings to the role extensive leadership experience in the profession, deep caring for the well-being of students, and a commitment to a liberal arts education. We are thrilled to welcome her to Lafayette, and look forward to her joining us for new student orientation in August. Sarah will officially join the College on Sept. 1.
Sarah comes to us following a national search that attracted outstanding candidates from across the country. Throughout this process, she stood out from this strong field with extensive experience that prepared her well for the many responsibilities of the vice president, which encompass the following areas: Bailey Health Center, Case Management, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Educational Equity, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Gateway Career Center, Intercultural Development, Religious and Spiritual Life, Residence Life, Student Advocacy and Prevention, Student Conduct, Student Government, and Student Involvement.
Since 2018, Sarah has served as Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO) at Grinnell College, following three years serving as Grinnell’s Dean of Students. In her role as Grinnell’s CSAO, she set the strategic priorities for the division and led an array of offices analogous to those she will lead at Lafayette.
Prior to Grinnell, Sarah served as the Director of the McNair TRIO Program at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and as a Residence Director at Coe College. Her broad experience includes work in academic advising, community service and service-learning programming, residence life, and career counseling. A consummate educator, she has also taught in college classrooms on privilege and leadership, social change movements, intersectional feminism, and introduction to the liberal arts.
Active in service to the profession, Sarah has been Iowa’s state liaison for the Standing Committee for Women and the directorate board of the Commission for Social Justice Educators for the American College Personnel Association, and as the president of the Iowa Student Personnel Association (ISPA).
A native of Iowa, Sarah received her B.S. from Iowa State University in child and family services, and her M.A. from University of Iowa in student development in post-secondary education. She is currently completing her doctorate in student affairs administration and leadership at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
My thanks to our search committee for their diligent efforts on this comprehensive search: David Nice and Nicole Eramo, co-chairs, and Wendy Hill, Robert Young, and Louise Frazier.
In addition to her extensive leadership in student life, Sarah exudes warmth, caring, and a positivity that is inspiring. I look forward to welcoming her to our campus community along with her partner, Ian, and their three children, Eleanor, Evelyn, and Henry.
To great things ahead,
President Nicole Hurd