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Office of Student Life
Kansas State University
201 Holton Hall
1101 Mid Campus Dr North
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5307 fax

Office of Student Life Staff

Heather Reed - Assistant Vice President of Student Life, & Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Life

Strengths: Maximizer • Arranger • Input • Achiever • Adaptability


Heather Reed is an Assistant Vice President, serving as the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Life at Kansas State University where she is beginning her 14th year of service. Heather's career has focused on teaching, counseling, and student development with an emphasis on managing student crises and problems.

Heather is a native Kansan, and previously serviced as Department Head of the Counseling Department at Garden City (KS) High School, and as the counseling team leader on the USD 457 Crisis Response Team.  At K-State she serves as the chair of the Crisis Management Team and the Critical Incident Response Team where she leads crisis responses involving students. She supervises the student life unit that includes the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE), the LGBT Resource Center, the Student Access Center, Student Legal Service, Off-Campus Housing, Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services, and the Office of Student Life, all part of a coordinated support network for K-State Students. She also leads campus student involvement and leadership through the Office of Student Activities and Services, and Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Heather practices her passion for working with student leaders as an advisor to the K-State Student Governing Association. Her professional interests include student leadership development, crisis management, campus safety, and the coordination of campus support services.

Andy Thompson - Sr. Assistant Dean and Director

Strengths: Arranger • Maximizer • Developer • Communication • Consistency

Andy Thompson

Andy's role in the office includes serving as the chair of the Early Assessment and Reporting Committee, advisor to the Student Review Board, and liaison with the College of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to his work in the Office of Student Life, Andy spent his career in the department of Housing and Dining Services at K-State as the Residence Life Coordinator of Marlatt Hall.  Andy earned his Master's of Education in Counselor Education from Clemson University and his Bachelor's of Science in Recreation Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Throughout his career he has enjoyed working with students on a variety of issues and helping them navigate the university experience. ​

His professional interests include helping students find success in their academics and personal life, collaboration across the university for student success, and helping students find their passion at the university.

Justin Frederick - Assistant Dean and Director

Strengths: Restorative • Ideation • Context • Learner • Adaptability

JustinJustin's role in the office includes supervising the CARE (Center for Advocacy, Response and Education) Office, serving as a deputy Title IX Officer, disaster outreach and working with students in the Colleges of Agriculture and Arts and Sciences.

Prior to his work in the Office of Student Life, Justin spent his professional career in the field of Student Housing, serving in a variety of roles including Complex Director, Assistant Director and Associate Director.  Justin earned his Master's of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Central Missouri and his Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Pittsburg State University (KS). Justin is excited to be back home in his home state and working with students at K-State.

His professional interests include a passion for helping students overcome hurdles and assisting them in learning how to advocate for themselves. In his work he strives to keep students at the center of all the work we do. He enjoys strengthening partnerships that assure university services assist students in being successful. 

Laurel Moody - Assistant Dean and Director

Strengths: Input • Learner • Achiever • Arranger • Relator

laurelLaurel is a lifelong K-Stater who began working at the university in 2010 shortly after graduating. She has been Office Manager for the Office of Student Life since April 2012. She received her master's degree in Academic Advising in 2013. Prior to working in the Office of Student Life, Laurel worked in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Laurel works with students in the College of Engineering, and Business Administration. Her other duties include supervision of both the undergraduate and graduate student staff,  overseeing the management of the office, and disaster outreach, among other duties. Her interests include providing support for students and the community after disasters, conflict resolution, academic advising, and working with student staff to develop competencies for the workforce.

Deanne Woodard - Assistant Dean and Director

Strengths: Strategic • Input • Futuristic • Communication • Achiever

Deanne Woodard

Deanne has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education in both student affairs and academic affairs. Most recently, Deanne served as the Director of Early College and Community Outreach Programs at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ. She continues to serve as an online adjunct English faculty member at Lone Star College-University Park in Houston, TX. Deanne is a native Floridian, but is excited to call Kansas home. She earned her B.A. in English from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA and her M.A. in English from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. She is currently a doctoral candidate for the EdD in Higher Education Leadership from Walden University. In her spare time, she loves reading, fishing, and cooking. Deanne is thrilled to be joining the K-State family!


Carolyn Jones - Graduate Assistant

Strengths: Futuristic • Individualization • Restorative • Relator • Empathy


Carolyn is from a small town in Iowa and went looking for adventure at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Here she received her degree in business administration with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in graphic design. After college she worked in Manhattan for a couple of years as a graphic artist. However, after being out of college for a few years she discovered she missed the futuristic and ambitious atmosphere a college campus has to offer. She stumbled across the master’s program in College Student Development and knew this was the right path for her. She started this program in the Spring of 2016 and happily joined the Office of Student Life the following summer. Carolyn is still exploring all the options student affairs has to offer but is looking forward to working with students and making a positive impact on their life to help them discover their goals and find success, balance, and happiness within their future. 


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