Haug-Belvin Named Director of Student Transitions


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Dr. Theresa Haug-Belvin


June 30, 2010 – Dr. Theresa Haug-Belvin, assistant director of New Student Programs at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named director of Student Transitions at the University.

Haug-Belvin began her new duties June 23. She replaces Dr. Leon Book, who retired from Southeast in May after a lengthy career at the University. In her new position, Haug-Belvin will be a member of the Enrollment Management and Student Success division and the Student Success Council.

The Student Transitions Initiative is an institution-wide commitment to serve students at each transition in their academic, co-curricular and extracurricular experience at the University. The initiative is administered through the Offices of New Student Programs and Career Linkages.

“She is well-prepared to lead the University’s efforts to guide students through each of their key transition points, from their first semester as a college student through graduation,” said Dr. Debbie Below, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions at Southeast.

The director of Student Transitions provides administrative oversight for New Student Programs and Career Linkages, coordinates First STEP orientation and opening week programs, and provides leadership for the University’s Career Linkages program.

Career Linkages educates students and alumni through career exploration and planning. Career Linkages incorporates experiential learning experiences to assist with the facilitation of employment opportunities and graduate/professional school in collaboration with employers, the Division of Workforce Development and the University community.

In her new position, Haug-Belvin will be responsible for delivering comprehensive first year experience and student transitions programs and assessing students needs to improve student success. She also will serve as a standing member of the University’s Strategic Enrollment Management Committee and the Enrollment Development team.

Haug-Belvin holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in social studies and a minor in political science, both from Southeast. She has been employed by the University since 2001. Her husband, Paul Belvin, is the open computer labs supervisor at Southeast.