Meet the Vice President and Dean of Students
Bringing more than 25 years of student life administration experience, Thomas Lane became vice president for student life and dean of students at Kansas State University in July 2019.
Lane provides executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight and coordination of all units in the Division of Student Life. He also guides development and implementation of high-quality and student-centered approaches to support student success in nonacademic dimensions of student university experiences, and he responds to student crises and issues and concerns, among many other duties.
Before joining K-State, Lane served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Missouri State University since 2015. Lane joined Missouri State in 2005 as assistant dean of students and director of the Plaster Student Union. He was promoted to assistant to the vice president for student affairs in 2008, retaining directorship of the union and overseeing a major renovation to the facility. He served as assistant vice president for student affairs from 2011-2015, providing leadership and supervision to the university's student life units, including of residence life, housing and dining services, campus recreation and the student union.
In addition to working at Missouri State, Lane served in various Student Life roles at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Illinois State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1991, a master's degree in educational administration in 1995, both from Illinois State University. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and analysis in 2010 from the University of Missouri. He has served as an adjunct and affiliate faculty member at the University of Missouri and Missouri State, teaching courses for their graduate programs in higher education leadership.