Beth Hellwig named interim vice president for student affairs

New interim VP has held leadership posts at Gonzaga and San Francisco State universities, among others; appointment begins Oct. 1

Beth Hellwig has been named interim vice president for student affairs by UND President Andy Armacost. She will begin her new role on Oct. 1.

Hellwig most recently served as interim vice president of student affairs & enrollment management at San Francisco State University. She has also served as vice chancellor for student affairs & dean of students at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and before that as dean of students at Gonzaga University. She has held a number of positions related to student life at other universities, including the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University and Montana State University.

“Dr. Hellwig brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher education that ties directly into the mission of UND’s Division of Student Affairs. Further, her lifelong commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity will be instrumental as we refine our UND organizational structures to better serve the needs of all students,” said UND President Andy Armacost. “I’m looking forward to the dynamic leadership she’ll bring to our campus as the division’s interim vice president as well as her efforts working alongside our Special Assistant to the President for Diversity & Inclusion Tamba-Kuii Bailey, as we work to advance our efforts around inclusion on campus.”

“I can’t wait to begin my interim role, and already can tell what an incredible president leads the University,” Hellwig said. “My philosophy aligns with his leadership beliefs. I am committed to collaboration with faculty, staff, administrators and community members, and my heart is enriched by working with student affairs professionals who are truly dedicated to helping students reach success.”

Hellwig holds a Ph.D. in college student personnel administration from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and political science from New Mexico State University.

Hellwig, who grew up in Albuquerque, N.M., has two adult children. She will be joined in Grand Forks by her dog, Savannah, a west highland terrier who loves meeting college students. She has traveled the world with Semester at Sea as executive dean and dean of students, and has a passion for working with international students. She enjoys table tennis, athletics, and the performing arts.