Winniford brings to the position more than 26 years of student affairs experience, having served in numerous roles with progressive levels of responsibility at Texas A&M University and leadership positions in professional organizations for student affairs.
“Jan has extensive knowledge of and experience with student affairs issues,” said President Ann Millner. “Her background and commitment to undergraduate students, combined with her philosophies about how student affairs can enhance educational opportunities, make her an excellent choice for this position.”
“I’m excited about the direction Weber State is headed,” Winniford said. “I always knew when I moved into a vice president position, it would be with an institution like Weber State that emphasizes a personalized educational experience and focuses on connecting with undergraduate students.”
Winniford has served as associate vice president for Student Affairs at Texas A&M University since 1995. In that role, she has supervised and worked with student activities, residence life, the student union, multicultural services, campus recreation, disability services, Greek life and organizational and staff development.
In addition to her extensive experience at Texas A&M, she has held regional and national leadership positions with professional organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
“Students in college are like a person working a puzzle,” Winniford said, explaining her enthusiasm for working with students. “In their experiences, inside and outside the classroom, they are gathering the pieces, but they haven’t seen the box top to know how it turns out. Our job is to help them collect the pieces of the puzzle and make sense of them.”
Winniford wants to get to know the faculty, staff and students at WSU and build on the solid foundation in place. She’s excited about working with Weber State University Davis and learning more about the ways WSU works to meet students’ needs through distance and online learning programs.
As an outdoor enthusiast, Winniford said the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the Wasatch Front complement the professional opportunities the WSU position offers.
Winniford earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in student personnel services from The Ohio State University. She completed her doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University in 1991.
Today’s announcement follows an extensive national search that included more than 40 applicants. Toni Weight has served as interim vice president of Student Affairs since 2004, when Anand Dyal-Chand left the position to lead a school in India.
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