University of Iowa dean of students leaving for Idaho State University

Departure adds to administrative turnover

After just two years at the University of Iowa, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Lyn Redington is leaving to become vice president for student life at Idaho State University.

UI’s Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers made the announcement this week “with mixed emotions.”

“Congratulations are in order,” according to Shivers, who was hired over the summer to succeed Tom Rocklin. “I am grateful to Lyn for her service to the UI. She has assisted me during a time of transition, and I appreciate everything she did to help acquaint me with the (Division of Student Life).”

The university will launch a national search to replace Redington, who came to UI in August 2015.

“I will be visiting with the team in the office and talking with campus partners to build a consensus about the needs of the division going forward,” Shivers said.

The university hasn’t decided who will step in on an interim basis for Redington, who will begin her duties in Idaho on July 1, according to the Idaho State Journal. That publication reports Redington said Idaho State is a good fit for her personally and professionally.

“From the first interactions I had with members of Idaho State University, I felt like I had come home,” Redington said, according to the Journal. “ISU is an institution with excellent faculty, staff and students. I am very excited about being part of the Bengal family.”

Redington’s departure adds to administrative turnover UI has experienced of late. It recently hired a new vice president of medical affairs for its health care enterprise and dean of its medical college; it replaced Rocklin with Shivers over the summer; and its chief diversity officer, vice president for research and economic development, and provost positions are among those currently filled on an interim basis.


Before UI, Redington served as director of residence life at University of Northern Iowa — capping a 21-year stint at the Cedar Falls institution. Before UNI, Redington worked at University of Arizona, Indiana University, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

She earned a bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy from Iowa State University.

The dean of students post involves leading the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life, providing assistant, advocacy, and support to students. That includes encouraging responsible behavior, creating safe and secure environments, promoting academic success, and protecting student rights, according to the university.

Redington also offered leadership of the Iowa Memorial Union and its student activities, auxiliary enterprises, and conference facilities and services.

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