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June 18, 2001


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DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University has named Denita "Dee" Siscoe as assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of student life, effective June 23. Sisco is the former associate vice president for student life at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

Siscoe earned her bachelor's degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985, a master's of education in student personnel in higher education from the University of Florida in 1988 and her doctorate of education in higher education administration from the University of North Texas in 1997.

Before serving as assistant director for student activities and associate vice president for student life at TWU, Siscoe was director of student development activities at the University of New Orleans, where she also taught a course in leadership. She worked as director of student activities at Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio, and served as hall director, program advisor and graduate assistant for Greek life at the University of Florida. She is a co-principal investigator for a grant on leadership through experiential education through 2002, funded by the Kellogg Foundation and the Texas A & M University Collective Leadership for Change project. In March she developed and presented a leadership workshop at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators National Conference.

"We are very pleased to have Dee join our staff," said Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Caswell. "She comes with an outstanding background of working with students, faculty and staff, including experience in private as well as public higher education."

Siscoe will be directing the central parts of SMU's student life activities including minority affairs, judicial operation, student center operation, community involvement, career services and new student programs, Caswell said.