• Alan L. Sickbert

    Hamline University Dean of Students

    Alan Sickbert joined Hamline University as the Associate Dean of Students in June of 2004 and was promoted to the Dean of Students role in 2005. In his current role he has served as the Senior Student Affairs Officer overseeing the departments of the Campus Life Center, Career Development Center, Center for Student Success and Transition, Counseling and Health Services, Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice, and Judicial Affairs. In addition, Alan oversees the auxiliary services of Dining Services and the Hamline University Bookstore.

    Alan has served in various levels of Student Affairs positions at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Indiana State University, and the University of St. Thomas. Also, prior to joining the staff at Hamline University, he served as the Headmaster for Covenant Academy, a school for youth at risk. Alan received a B.S. in Education from Indiana University, a Masters of Education in Student Personnel Administration from the University of Vermont, and a Doctor of Education degree in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

    Alan and his wife Jan live in Woodbury. Their daughter Samantha graduated in May of 2011 from St. Olaf College and is currently enrolled at Colorado State University in the Master of Service and Student Affairs in their Higher Education Program.

    Alan's Resume


    Ed. D. University of St. Thomas, 2002. School of Education, Emphasis of Study - Educational Leadership and Higher Education.

    M.S. University of Vermont, May 1978. Graduate School of Education, Emphasis of Study - College Student Personnel Administration

    B.S. Indiana University, May 1973. School of Education, Emphasis of Study - Secondary Education, Social Studies/Earth Science.

    Professional Experience

    Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN
    Dean of Students
    2004 - Present

    Responsible for the overall operation of the Student Affairs program including implementation of the University vision and strategic plan, supervising departments, addressing daily student life issues and emergencies, coordinating the integration of the undergraduate academic and co-curricular experience, and directing and/or coordinating processes for the review, revision and development of University and Student Affairs policies, programs and services.

    Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN
    2002 - 2004

    Responsible for the development, leadership and management of the residential component of The Covenant Academy of Minnesota, an innovative unique solution to education students who are in danger of not completing their high school education, due to environmental and family conflict situations. The program is a partnership of a private nonprofit residential component and a public charter school unified through the teaching of social skills both in the classroom and in the residential setting.

    University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN
    1986 - 2002

    The largest private college in Minnesota with an enrollment of approximately 11,000 students. An archdiocesan Catholic university that emphasizes service, faith, and learning as its mission.

    Interim Executive Director for Student Leadership, Activities, and Living (2001 - 2002)

    Led and directed the departments of Residential Life, The Center for Student Leadership and Activities, and the Tutor/Mentor Program. Managed 15 professional staff, 50 student staff, and a budget of $1,000,000. Reported to Vice President of Student Affairs.

    Dean of Student Life (1994 - 2001)

    Provided overall direction and coordination for the offices of Multicultural Student Services, International Student Services, Tutor/Mentor Program, Center for Student Leadership and Activities, Specialized Services, Center for Commuter Services, orientation, discipline and the Dean of Student Life. Managed 19 professional staff and budget of approximately $850,000. Reported to Vice President of Student Affairs.

    Associate Dean of Students (1986 - 1994)

    Served as student affairs generalist in the student life area with responsibilities in campus programming, Greek life, orientation, student organizations, conduct and leadership training, while serving additionally in role of campus ombudsman.

    Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
    Assistant Dean of Student Life
    1982 - 1986

    Provided primary direction for campus-wide leadership development programming through the teaching of credited classes, coordination or the Leadership Task Force, creating leadership resources and serving as a leader for the campus.

    University of Wisconsin – River Falls, River Falls, WI
    Director of Student Activities
    1978 – 1982

    Managed the Student Center program operation, which included supervision of 2 professional staff and administrative responsibilities for all activities and programs of the student center and satellite facilities. Advised the Hagestad Union Board. Programming efforts of the Union Board and the Student Center recognized as important factors in enriching student life on campus and resulted in higher retention and better recruitment.

    Salem Junior High School, Salem, IN
    1973 – 1976

    Taught Earth Sciences and Social Studies for over 185 eight grade students of various ability levels. Developed programs of study to supplement and improve curriculum, focusing on low academic achieving students. Coached junior high basketball, football and cross-country teams. Started the first ever student club, the Science Club

    Professional Memberships

    South Washington County District 833 Educational Foundation – 2004 to Present
    • Chair (2006 – 2008)

    Omicron Delta Kappa – 1991 to Present

    Association for Student Judicial Affairs – 1989 to 1995

    Lions International – 1986 to 2009

    Minnesota College Personnel Association, MCPA – 1986 to Present
    • Executive Committee (1993 – 1996)
    • President (1994 – 1995)
    • Past President (1995 – 1996)
    • Senior Advisor (2005 – 2008)
    • MCPA Conference Committee (1990)

    National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, NASPA – 1986 to 2002
    • Region IV – East Advisory Board, Legal Issues Chair (2001 – 2002)
    • Region IV – East Conference Committee, Local Arrangements (1992)

    Phi Delta Kappa – 1984 to Present

    American College Personnel Association, ACPA – 1978 to Present
    • National Conference Planning Committee, General Programs (2003)
    • Commission XVII, Commuters and Adult Learners
    Directorate Body (1194 – 1996) Elected
    Awards Chair (1995 – 1996)
    • Commission IV, Students, Their Activities and Their Community
    Directorate Body (1983 – 1985) Elected
    o Vice Chair for Research (1984 – 1985)
    o National Conference Program Committee (1984)
    o Leadership Task Force (1983 – 1990)

    Indiana University Alumni Association – Life Member


     "Leavy Oliver Director's Award" - The Hedgemen Center 2013

    "Eldridge W. Roark, Jr Meritorious Service Award" - Omicron Delta Kappa 2009

    “Staff Member of the Year” – Hamline University Student Congress (2008)

    “ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation Diamond Honoree Award”
    – (2002)

    “William B. Malevich Award, University of St. Thomas” – Selected by student
    body for outstanding service to students (2002)

    “Heart of St. Thomas Award” – given to faculty, staff or students for acts of kindness and giving to the spirit of helping for campus betterment (2001 and 2002)

    “Outstanding Faculty Service Award” – Omicron Kappa Delta Province X (2001)

    “Lud Spolyar Award for Outstanding Service to MCPA” – (1997)

    “Board Member of the Year” – Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Terre Haute IN (1986) 

    Community Involvement

    Omicron Delta Kappa, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (2008-Present)
    Founding Member and Faculty Secretary

    South Washington County District 833 Educational Foundation (2004-Present)
    Board of Directors, Chair (2005-2007)

    Books for Africa, St. Paul, MN (2001-2005)
    Board of Directors

    Woodbury Soccer Club, Woodbury, MN (2001-2005)
    Board of Directors, Secretary

    Minnesota Join Together, Mounds View, MN (2001-2003)
    Board of Directors

    King of Kings Lutheran Church, Woodbury, MN (1993-2006)
    Worship coordinator, worship and service committees

    Omicron Delta Kappa, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (1991-2002)
    Founding Member and Faculty Secretary

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization, Terre Haute, IN (1984-1986)
    Board of Directors

    United Ministries Program, Terre Haute, IN (1983-1986)
    Board of Directors, Chair and Treasurer