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Vice President for Student Life

About the Vice President and Dean of Students

Dr. Thomas LaneBringing 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, which include the Office of Student Life, Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, Housing and Dining Services, the Center for Student Involvement, the Student Access Center, Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services, the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, the LGBT Resource Center, the Center for Child Development, Recreational Services, the K-State Student Union, Lafene Health Center, Counseling Services, the Career Center, the Holton Hall Business Office, Parent and Family Relations, Military and Veterans Affairs and the Cats' Cupboard.

Lane 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. Among his responsibilities were providing leadership and supervision to the dean of students cluster encompassing the Counseling Center; Dean of Students Office; Disability Resource Center; New Student and Family Programs; Office of Student Conduct; and the Plaster Student Union, including event and meeting services, the Office of Student Engagement, fraternity and sorority life, campus programs and leadership programs.

Lane joined Missouri State in 2005 as assistant dean of students and director of the Plaster Student Union, serving as the chief administrative officer for the union's personnel and budgets, and supervising its administrative, student activities, campus recreation and conference services offices. 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 as associate director of the student union and activities at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he initially was assistant director of operations. He also has been a coordinator with Visitor and Information Services at Illinois State University.

Lane earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1991 and 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.