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Deighton Named VP for Student Affairs

Fontbonne University has named Joseph W. Deighton vice president for student affairs, effective July 1. Deighton will oversee the following areas of the university: athletics, campus ministry, leadership education and student activities, service, diversity and social justice, student services, and residential life. He will replace Randi Wilson, vice president since 1992, who is retiring.

“Following a national search, we felt Joe was the clear choice for this position due to his extensive experience and leadership in academic settings,” said J. Michael Pressimone, Fontbonne’s incoming president. “He has a clearly defined understanding of our mission and values, as well as a great enthusiasm for developing and enriching the lives of students throughout their college career.”

Since 2006, Deighton has served as the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. In this role, he oversaw the student affairs division, served as the liaison to the student affairs committee of the board of trustees, and collaborated in the construction of a $14 million dollar residential hall and a $13 million dollar student center. Prior to his role at Spring Hill, Deighton served as vice president and dean for student affairs at Avila University, a sister institution to Fontbonne, in Kansas City, Mo.

“I am excited and honored to join the Fontbonne University community and contribute to the service of students in a values-based, student-centered environment,” Deighton said. “In speaking with Dr. Pressimone and visiting with the faculty, staff and students during my campus interview, I could instantly feel the hospitality of this special group of people, all of whom are so dedicated to the success of their students.”  

Deighton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, in 1988 and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1992. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Deighton and his wife, Sherri, will move to St. Louis with their sons, Tim, 15, and Jacob, 13.

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