Dr. Jeff Carstens Named Vice President and Dean of Students
When Wayne State College students arrived on campus this fall they were greeted by someone they know in a new role on campus. Wayne State College residence halls opened open Aug. 21 for new freshman attending orientation. Classes began Aug. 24.
"Dr. Jeff Carstens has been selected as our next vice president, dean of students,'' Dr. Richard Collings said. "Jeff was selected from an applicant pool that contained a number of well-qualified professionals in the field of student affairs. Jeff has a wealth of experiences in his field from service at Ball State University, Virginia Tech, University of Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan and Wayne State College."
Carstens served as assistant and then associate dean of students and director of residence life before filling the vacancy left by Curt Frye's retirement. Carstens spent eight years supervising the STRIDE (Students Taking Responsibility in Development and Education) program at Wayne State College.
"I am grateful for the education and opportunities I've received through Wayne State and the Wayne community,'' Carstens said. "I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
After earning his bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance at Wayne State, Carstens received his master of arts degree in student personnel administration in higher education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and his doctor of philosophy degree in student development in postsecondary education at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
Carstens served as associate dean of students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Other positions for Carstens have included work as a counselor and program assistant for people with disabilities to receive services and academic advising for the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center at the University of Iowa, coordinator for residence life at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., and director of residence halls at Ball State University.
Carstens grew up on a farm near Winside, Neb., and graduated from Winside High School. As a WSC student, Carstens performed in theater productions, was a student senator and participated in Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Carstens worked part-time at Northstar Services and the State National Bank while attending WSC. He met his future wife, Mary Shufelt, in Berry Hall. He was married in the Willow Bowl.
"I left Wayne State for graduate school and positions at several other college and universities. Mary and I returned to Wayne because of the terrific experiences we'd had at Wayne State and in the Wayne community,'' Carstens said. "We wanted to be a part of and give back to the college and community that meant so much to us. I want to help others have the same type of experience I had at Wayne State and in the Wayne community."
Carstens participates in various leadership positions in Wayne through the cub scouts and boy scouts, Habitat for Humanity, United Way and the First United Methodist Church.