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|Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Associate Professor, is responsible for all aspects of student life and enrollment management at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He believes that providing students with a holistic learning experience and offering a broad range of services, staff, and systems ensures a quality experience from recruitment to graduation. Dr. Hemphill has a strong background in student advocacy, advancing diversity and equity, and establishing a solid commitment to shared governance on campus.
Prior to joining NIU, he served as an associate vice chancellor and dean of students at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, associate dean of students at University of North Carolina-Wilmington, assistant dean of students at Cornell College, and coordinator of minority recruitment and retention at Iowa State University. Dr. Hemphill served as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Augustine's College in North Carolina and is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University. Throughout his career, he has pioneered several initiatives to enhance living-learning communities, including multicultural awareness programs, student leadership curricula, and collaborative residential education. He has contributed to numerous journal articles and professional presentations in the areas of leadership, crisis management, ethics, and diversity. Most recently, Dr. Hemphill was the editor of the monograph, Enough is Enough: A Student Affairs Perspective on Preparedness and Response to a Campus Shooting. He has fulfilled various leadership roles within the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), which named him a Pillar of the Profession in 2009.
Dr. Hemphill earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication from St. Augustine's College.