by TINA GONZALEZ//Editorial Assistant
South Plains College has a new face for vice president for student affairs.
Dr. Stan DeMerritt recently was select to take the position after having served as dean of students since November 2016.
He has devoted his time and career to helping students and faculty.
“I get to improve students’ lives,” Dr. DeMerritt said. “I look forward to working with multiple departments with the college and finding ways to assist in increasing retention and completion at SPC.”
Dr. DeMerritt has developed the interactive online Student Handbook under the Digarc’s Acalong, the same platform as the Academic Catalog. Dr. DeMerritt has improved communication with and between department leaders in his division. Also, he has coordinated with the Health and Wellness Center to increase discipline referrals related to drugs, alcohol, relationships and personal responsibility to provide a more holistic approach to student success. Dr. DeMerritt also updated policies related to parking, student sexual assault/harassment, and student travel within the past year.
“Basically, the needs of students are on my shoulders,” Dr. DeMerritt said.
For 20 years, Dr. DeMerritt served as associate academic vice president, university registrar, associate registrar, veteran affairs certifying official and coordinator of external campus registration at Wayland Baptist University.
Dr. DeMerritt accepted the position of associate registrar at Wayland University in 1996. Three years after, he became the registrar. Then, in 2006, Dr. DeMerritt became the associate academic vice president. During his career at Wayland, Dr. DeMerritt focused on implementing accountability systems for advisors and evaluators to confirm accuracy and continuity. He has guided a committee in the development and implementation process to reengineer official degree plans for the undergraduate academic records office.
Dr. DeMerrritt earned an associate’s degree in pre-business at New Mexico State University before moving on to Wayland Baptist University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Religion. He also earned a master’s degree at Wayland Baptist. Dr. DeMerritt earned his Ph.D. in higher education at Texas Tech University.
Dr. DeMerrritt is affiliated with Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA), along with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Board of Directors (AACRAO). Dr. DeMerritt was the Vice President for Finance from 2013 to 2016 and a part of Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO). Dr. DeMerrritt has served as vice president for several boards and has been a chairman in multiple associations, including Member Services Committee, Annual Program Committee, and Professional and Management Development Committee.
Dr. DeMerritt received a Staff Award for Community Service in May 2004 and the Outstanding Performance Award in September 1998, both at Wayland Baptist University.
He increased student, faculty, administration and staff approval ratings of the Office of University Registrar from below 75-percent approval on all measures for the 1999-2000 year to 95-percent on all measures. Also, Dr. DeMerritt established a transcript request audit to assist in determining the production time and institutional accountability.
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