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New dean of students announced at BYU-Idaho


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Wynn Hill was announced as BYU-Idaho’s new dean of students in an email sent to students Friday | BYU-Idaho

REXBURG – In an email sent to students at Brigham Young University-Idaho Friday, a new dean of students was announced.

Wynn Hill will serve as the new dean, according to the email.

“Wynn is deeply invested in the mental, physical, social, spiritual, and academic success of all students,” Student Life Vice President Amy LaBaugh wrote. “This change has aligned with several other key initiatives within Student Life as we work to continuously improve and meet university outcomes.”

Prior to this announcement, Hill was serving as the managing director over student housing, disability services, the student health and counseling center, and the student honor office.

Hill has worked at BYU-Idaho for 13 years in various capacities. His previous roles include administrator in the student honor office and associate dean of students.

Hill’s role as the new dean comes nearly two months after Kip Harris, the former dean of students, died.

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Kristie Lords will be replacing Hill and fulfilling the role of Student Well-Being managing director. She has served as the Student Housing Office director for the past nine years. A replacement for Kristie Lords will be announced in the future.

Several other leadership changes were made in connection with this announcement. Layne Kinghorn will now serve under Hill as the associate dean of students and oversee the new dean of student’s office.

“Student Living is moving out of Student Housing and will be joining the Dean of Students Office,” LaBaugh writes.

The reason for this restructuring, according to the email, is “to protect against drifting values, and in an effort to deepen discipleship.”

Derek Fay has moved from his role as managing director of Student Activities to managing director of Student Advancement. Under Fay’s leadership, alumni and ICS will merge efforts to become the BYU-Idaho Career Center, the email states. Steve Davis will serve as the director.

The Research and Business Development Center will also be working with Fay to help meet internship and career placement goals.