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Succession Plans Announced for Office of Student Affairs Leadership

March 9, 2015

With two longtime administrators preparing to retire from the Office of Student Affairs at Rose-Hulman, President Jim Conwell has announced several new department leadership appointments.

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Erik Z. Hayes

Erik Z. Hayes will succeed Peter A. Gustafson as vice president for student affairs and dean of students, starting July 1. Gustafson is retiring after 38 years at Rose-Hulman.

Kristen J. Loyd will move from assistant dean of student services to director of student services, succeeding Donna J. Gustafson, who also joined the Rose-Hulman staff 38 years ago. The Gustafsons are husband and wife.

Along with these changes, alumnus Kyle A. Rhodes will move from assistant to associate director of residence life. He earned a bachelor’s degrees in software engineering and physics from Rose-Hulman.

Hayes, also a Rose-Hulman graduate, currently serves as associate dean of student affairs, and has helped supervise the institute’s resident life operations for the past 15 years. He received the President’s Outstanding Service Award in 2007, the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 2004, and Office of Student Affairs’ Jess Lucas Alumni Leadership Award in 2014.

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Kristen J. Loyd

Hayes has been a staff representative to Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustees, helped form the Young Alumni Council, and been a freshman class advisor. He currently serves as the institute’s Title IX coordinator.

“There is no doubt that Erik will be able to leverage his extensive Rose-Hulman knowledge to build upon the great student affairs culture that Pete has established,” says Conwell. “I expect a smooth transition in the leadership of this valuable area, and I’m looking forward to working with Erik and the energy he will bring to the role.”

Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman in 1997 and added a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the institute in 2001. He is expected to complete his doctoral degree in higher education administration leadership this year from Indiana State University.

In the community, Hayes has been a board member of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum since 2003, and helps coordinate student volunteers to assist with several Terre Haute events each year.

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Kyle A. Rhodes

Pete Gustafson earned progressive levels of responsibility in student affairs during his Rose-Hulman career. As vice president, he has been responsible for all student life operations, including housing, dining services, student union, athletics, performing arts, sports and recreation, career services, public safety, and health and counseling services. These areas represent an annual budget of more than $17 million and a staff of 75 professional and hourly employees, plus some 50 student workers.

Under his leadership, Rose-Hulman made a successful transition to a coeducational student body; added three new residence halls, the Sports and Recreation Center, and the White Chapel; and doubled the size of the student union. These changes have brought more diversity, enabled more upper-class students to live on campus, and improved the quality of campus life. And, as the student body has grown, so have student services.

Donna Gustafson has served as dean for student services and director of the Hulman Memorial Student Union, after being director of student activities. She has brought acclaimed entertainers to campus; planned such student activities as recyclable engineering contests and an annual Month of a Million Laughs; and organized ski trips, whitewater rafting journeys, and international excursions to Ireland, Greece, and Italy.

Both Gustafsons have received the President’s Outstanding Service Award, been awarded honorary alumni status by the alumni association, and earned athletic department awards for outstanding support to student-athletes and coaches.

“Thousands of Rose-Hulman students and graduates have been impacted by the positive and gracious leadership provided by Pete and Donna,” Conwell says. “They will be deeply missed.”