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Centenary Names Former SMU Assistant Dean Michael J. Lawrence as new Dean of Student Life

Contact: Lynn Stewart, Director, Centenary News Service
318/869-5120 or 869-5709

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Dr. Michael J. Lawrence, the former assistant dean of student life at Southern Methodist University, will join the administrative staff of Centenary College of Louisiana on June 2 as the college's new dean of student life.

The appointment was announced today (4-9-97) by Joel Wincowski, dean of enrollment management, who said that Lawrence will be on campus April 11-18 to meet with students, faculty and staff, and to discuss issues related to orientation, residence halls, resident assistants and staff responsibilities.

A 17-year student life professional, Lawrence was also formerly the director of housing and residence life at SMU.

Prior to that he was assistant dean of the college and director of residential life at Rollins College; associate director of housing and residential life at the University of Alabama; research assistant for the vice president for student affairs at Florida State University; area coordinator and assistant director of student activities at SMU; and residence hall director at Central Michigan University.

At SMU he received the "M" Award, the highest and most prestigious university award given, in 1983; the Outstanding Administrator Award for 1994-95; the Outstanding Student Life Staff Award for 1980-81 and the Outstanding Service Award from the Interfraternity Council in 1980-81.

Lawrence earned the B.S. degree in education/physical education and mathematics (1976) and the M.S. in administration - personnel and labor relations administration (1980), both from Central Michigan University, and the Ph.D. in higher education - student personnel and administration (1986) from Florida State University.

His additional training and experience includes service on the Intercommunity Experience Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity and Alternative Spring Break as well as working as a legislative intern for the House Appropriations Committee in Florida, a career advisor at Florida State and manager of residence hall fitness centers at the University of Alabama.

His memberships include the American Association for Counseling and Development, the American Association for Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association.

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