After working as the Director of Ethics & Compliance in the Southern Utah University Title IX office, Heather Ogden has been named the new Dean of Students at SUU.
Ogden replaces Jason Ramiez, who recently took the same job at the University of Utah.
“I am privileged to serve the students of Southern Utah University, and focus my leadership on creating environments where students can be successful while also advancing positive situations for faculty, staff, and community members in their support of students,” Ogden said.
The Dean of Students acts as a liaison between students at a university and the faculty and staff. Their job for students is to respond to general concerns students have and help them find solutions to their specific problems. Faculty and staff use the Dean of Students as a resource for dealing with student conduct issues.
“My goal is to assist in constructing a safe and inclusive campus where students can increase their potential and pursue their educational dreams.”
Ogden has worked in several capacities at SUU and around Cedar City before becoming Dean of Students and working with the Title IX office. She was once a faculty member for the College of Education & Human Development.
Before SUU, Ogden was a guidance counselor in two school districts in Utah and an administrator with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.
Ogden said over email that she loves the people at SUU and that is what makes the university so special.
“SUU is a place of community and it provides an excellent place to learn and work.”
Ogden is planning on advocating for additional student resources such as mental health services, physical health supporters and more housing options.
“I wanted the Dean of Students position so I could have a voice in supporting students.”
Ogden began her duties on Oct. 16. The Title IX office is still searching for her replacement, so Ogden will serve in both capacities until one is found.
Story by: Kurt Meacham
Photo courtesy of: suu.edu