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K-State Today

October 16, 2023

Erickson named inaugural executive director of academic advising

Submitted by Kevin Cook

After a recent search, Pamela Erickson has been named the inaugural executive director of academic advising, effective Oct. 30. The executive director provides leadership, strategic guidance and vision for academic advising, academic advisor professional development, academic coaching and tutoring services, student services, programs, events and intervention.

The executive director will be a vital partner in realizing the advising-related goals of the Next-Gen K-State strategic plan and K-State's National Institute of Student Success playbook. Additionally, Erickson will directly supervise the director of the Pre-Professional Advising Center and the assistant director for the Academic Achievement Center.

"I am excited to have Pamela join the Division of Academic Success and Student Affairs in this key leadership role," said Thomas Lane, vice president for academic success and student affairs. "As our Next-Gen K-State strategic plan highlights the importance high-quality academic advising has in delivering an unmatched and impactful student experience, I look forward to her working collaboratively across the university to build upon and strengthen our advising model and ensuring it is aligned with best practices."

Erickson most recently served as the director of student success and advising for K-State Global Campus, where she enhanced the support of academic advisors and the success of online students. Prior, she served as the director of academic advising at Washburn University, leading and supervising the advising of more than 1,500 first-year and exploratory students. 

"I am eager to work with all K-State campus partners to create an aspirational advising program for all our students," said Erickson. "This work will involve many, but I am thrilled to be able to lead our advising efforts in line with the Next-Gen K-State strategic plan!"

Erickson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration-international marketing and a master's degree in college student personnel and counseling, both from Kansas State University.