Thomas Lane will replace Pat Bosco as K-State’s vice president for student life and dean of students starting July 14, K-State announced Thursday.
Lane has served as associate vice president for student life and dean of students since 2015 at Missouri State University, and has worked at that school since 2005.
“I am truly humbled and excited to be joining the K-State family,” he said in a press release. “During my time on campus, it was clear to me the university is deeply committed to students’ personal and academic success. I am greatly looking forward to working with students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni in ensuring a Wildcat student experience that is welcoming, inclusive and changes lives for the better.”
Lane has a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in educational administration, both from Illinois State University in 1991 and 1995, respectively. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and analysis in 2010 from the University of Missouri.
During his time at MSU, he has served as assistant dean of students and director of the student union, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, and assistant vice president for student affairs until he was promoted to his current position. Prior to Missouri State, he was an associate director of the student union and activities at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and coordinator of visitor and information services at Illinois State University.
As part of his job at K-State, Lane will provide leadership, planning and coordination of all units of student life, like Housing and Dining service, Recreational Services, the K-State Student Union and more. He will also respond to student crises, issues and concerns, among other responsibilities.
“We are excited to have found someone of Dr. Lane’s caliber for this vital position at K-State,” President Richard Myers said. “His broad experience in student life administration will serve him well as the top advocate for Kansas State University students while he plays a key role in ensuring and enriching their development and success.”
During the open forum presentation as part of his interview for the position, Lane said he’ll focus on reaching out to minority students.
Lane also said he would look at promoting student learning and success, creating a more inclusive campus, addressing college student mental health, fostering a vibrant campus life and identifying resources for innovation.
Santiago Solis, associate vice president for student affairs at Towson University in Maryland, and Derek Jackson, associate vice president for student life at K-State, also applied for the position.