Brandon Common named LSU associate vice president for student affairs, dean of students

LSU has named Brandon Common as the university’s new associate vice president for student affairs & dean of students. Common, who currently serves as assistant vice president of student affairs for campus life at Illinois Wesleyan University, will serve as LSU’s principle student advocate and provide strategic leadership for programs, services, events and experiences that enhance the LSU student experience.

“During his candidacy, Dr. Common distinguished himself as a roll-up-his-sleeves, creative problem-solver who is focused on what we can do to improve the lives and experiences of students,” said Jeremiah Shinn, LSU vice president of student affairs. Throughout his career, he has consistently earned the confidence of students, staff, and faculty alike. I believe LSU will benefit mightily from his leadership.”

Common’s wealth of experience will enable him to fulfill key responsibilities including  developing a comprehensive framework for the LSU co-curricular experience, serving as Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and providing leadership and support for Campus Life, Greek Life, the William A. Brookshire Military and Veterans Student Center, Student Advocacy and Accountability, and Student Government.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity to join an institution that is committed to innovation and to providing a world-class education to the individuals of this community, state, and country,” Common said. “I look forward to working alongside gifted and dedicated professionals in helping LSU students thrive throughout the entirety of their time while on campus.”

Common earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in educational organization and leadership – higher education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is expected to begin as LSU associate vice president & dean of students on Dec. 7, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.