Buena Vista University has hired Dr. Keith Betts as its vice president for student services/dean of students. Betts is currently senior executive director of the Division of Student and Academic Support Services at The George Washington University and will assume his responsibilities at BVU on August 1.
"Dr. Betts is a tremendous talent and just the right person to lead our Student Services effort. His higher education career spans over twenty years, with broadly-based experiences that will serve him well. He is highly intelligent, a charismatic leader, and keenly interested in students," said BVU President Fred Moore.
Betts holds a doctorate in higher education administration and an MBA from The George Washington University. He earned two bachelor's degrees; one in management (summa cum laude) from Lock Haven University, and one in administration and physiology (with honors) from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.
As senior executive director at GW, Betts has been a key leader in the student services program. He has developed comprehensive plans to advance an optimal student life agenda, to enhance the student wellness experience, and to cultivate students from their first association with the University through graduation.
Betts also created and directs the Student & Academic Support Services Research Consortium, the primary clearinghouse for all research and assessment initiatives in support of student affairs programs and services. He also spent nine years in GW's alumni relations office, and for nine years worked in the athletic department as a successful golf and soccer coach and administrator.
Betts said he found President Mooreto be "a visionary leader;," and that he was inpressed with the student body, staff and community.
Betts will be joined in the Storm Lake area by his wife, Dr. Kristen Betts, and their daughters, Madison and McKenzie. Kristen is an assistant professor in Drexel's School of Education. She also directs the school's rapidly growing online offering.
"BVU is a first-class institution with dynamic students and state-of-the-art facilities. I have been so impressed with everyone that I have met at BVU," Betts said.