Amenson-Hill Named Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Minnesota State University Moorhead President Anne Blackhurst has named Brenda Amenson-Hill as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Since 1998, Amenson-Hill has served in several capacities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, currently as the Dean of Students. 

“I am thrilled Brenda will be joining the Dragon family,” said Blackhurst. “During the search, Brenda quickly rose to the top of a national, highly qualified pool of candidates. Once she interviewed on campus, it was clear Brenda exemplifies our core values of grit, heart, and humility. It’s also clear she is committed to providing a transformative educational experience for our students.”

Amenson-HillIn her new role at MSUM, Amenson-Hill will provide executive leadership for a division that includes undergraduate recruitment and a wide range of student services offices including housing, wellness and the Comstock Memorial Union.

“The thing that intrigues me about MSUM and this new role is the opportunity to work for a university that has a strong mission and set of core values,” said Amenson-Hill. “The executive leadership team, directors, faculty, and staff are very committed to serving students and the overall university. This position provides me the opportunity to utilize my experience, and work on new challenges with an incredibly strong leadership team.”

In addition to being Dean of Students, Amenson-Hill is also the Title IX Coordinator at The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a university similar in size (6,800) to MSUM. She has over 25 years of experience working in higher education. Her diverse work experiences have given her opportunities to work in private, public, research, small, large, medium, urban and suburban settings.

Amenson-Hill will begin her new position on or about August 15.

Blackhurst also announced that Doug Peters has agreed to work in the dual role of associate vice president for enrollment management and athletic director while Steve Shark will continue as the special assistant to the associate vice president for enrollment management.

These appointments will continue through the transition of Vice President Amenson-Hill and the hiring of a permanent associate vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions.

“I want to thank Steve and Doug for their excellent work this past year and in the year ahead,” said Blackhurst.  “We’ve seen tremendous progress in our recruitment effort under their leadership. Their willingness to serve in these temporary roles allows us to maintain admissions momentum during the next 12 months while national searches for permanent leadership are undertaken.”