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

785-532-6432
785-532-5307 fax
stulife@k-state.edu

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 ReedHeather Reed is an Assistant Vice President, serving as the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Life at Kansas State University. 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 Center for Student Involvement.

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.

Contact Dean Heather Reed at: hreed@k-state.edu

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.

Contact Dean Andy Thompson at: athomp@k-state.edu

Justin Frederick - Assistant Dean and Director

Strengths: Restorative • Context Adaptability• Arranger • Responsibility

Justin FrederickJustin's role in the office includes supervision of the CARE (Center for Advocacy, Response and Education) Office, supervision of the Veteran's Center, 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. 

 Contact Dean Justin Frederick at: frederick@k-state.edu 

Laurel Moody - Assistant Dean and Director

Strengths: Input • Learner • Achiever • Arranger • Relator

Laurel MoodyLaurel 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.

Contact Dean Laurel Moody at: lmoody@k-state.edu

Carolyn Jones - Coordinator

Strengths: Futuristic • Individualization • Restorative • Relator • Empathy

Carolyn Jones

Carolyn is a recent graduate of K-State in the Master of Science in College Student Development program. Carolyn hales from Iowa originally and attended Adams State University in Alamosa, CO for her bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in graphic design.  Carolyn has worked with the Office of Student Life since 2016 in different capacities, including Graduate Assistant and Administrative Assistant. Carolyn provides support to the office through supervision of the undergraduate student staff members, processing Student of Concern reports, and general support to the professional staff. In addition Carolyn is involved in the Crisis Management Committee and other committees that are housed within the Office of Student Life. 

Contact Carolyn Jones at: carolynj@k-state.edu