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Dean of Students Al Sickbert to Retire

After nearly 13 years at Hamline University, Dean of Students Alan Sickbert has announced he will retire on June 30, 2017.

“I am grateful for my time at Hamline and for colleagues and staff who do so much for our students every day,” Dean Sickbert said. “My greatest reward has been my relationship with students in general, but especially with students in Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress, the Media Board, and Athletics. I have formed strong ties with student leaders and students who have just wandered into my office. And, I have found friendship with talented colleagues and have been a part of creating vital programs and services for students.”

“During Dean Sickbert’s time at Hamline, he and his staff in Student Affairs have introduced and led many significant initiatives and efforts,” said President Fayneese Miller. “They have helped our community to understand and embrace the ‘Whole Student’ concept and to strategically approach high-impact learning outcomes and retention planning. Under Dean Sickbert's leadership, his talented team has contributed a wealth of service to the Hamline community.”

During Sickbert's tenure, the Media Board and the Programming Board were created, restorative justice became a part of the conduct review process, there were greatly increased efforts to shape Hamline’s support of Title IX processes and training, the areas of Health Services and Counseling Services combined, Disability Resources was strengthened, the 100 Who Influence program was launched, and ODK was chartered.

Dean Sickbert led the efforts to begin summer orientation (Piper Preview), created the bookstore advisory committee, introduced students to Educause (book rental program), and created the Veterans Center. There was also, during this time, a strong expansion of intramural sports—with several club sports and recreation programs built—and the Wesley Center was established.

Sickbert joined Hamline University as the Associate Dean of Students in June of 2004 and was quickly promoted to the Dean of Students role in 2005. As Dean of Students, he serves 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. He also oversees the auxiliary services of Dining Services and the Hamline University Bookstore.

Previously, Sickbert served in various levels of student affairs positions at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Indiana State University, and the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the staff at Hamline University, he was Headmaster for Covenant Academy, a school for youth at risk. Sickbert received a B.S. in education from Indiana University, an MAED in student personnel administration from the University of Vermont, and a doctoral degree in education leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

Sickbert has received numerous accolades in his career. Among others, they include recognition from Hamline’s Undergraduate Student Congress as Staff Member of the Year (2008), the Eldridge W. Roark, Jr Meritorious Service Award for his work with ODK (2009), and the Leavy Oliver Director’s Award (2013) for his leadership with the Hedgeman Center.

He serves on the ODK National Advisory Committee and National Awards Committee. He has served as chair of the board for the South Washington County District 833 Educational Foundation. Sickbert is the founding member and faculty secretary for Omicron Delta Kappa, and he has served as a board member for Books for Africa, Woodbury Soccer Club, Minnesota Join Together, and King of Kings Lutheran Church. He currently volunteers for Safe Hands Animal Rescue, and he is also a member of the Hamline Staff Curling Team.