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Dean of Students

Dean of Students Department

The Dean of Students office strives to create a culture of caring for students, their families, faculty, and staff by providing exemplary programs and services designed to enhance students' academic and personal success.


The Dean of Students staff serves as a liaison between students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators to help solve problems, assist with individual or group crisis management, navigate various campus procedures, and serve as an advocate for students when needed. By connecting with other university departments, the office responds to student's needs by identifying the appropriate resources available.


  1. Support and educate our student population
  2. Foster a culture of inclusion for parents and families
  3. Implement a variety of options for resolving conflict
  4. Consult with and provide outreach to the campus community
  5. Promote academic integrity and social discipline

Welcome from the Dean of Students

Dear Students,

Picture of Ronald MitchellIt is my pleasure and privilege to serve as your Dean of Students. As the Dean of Students at Missouri Southern State University I have the great honor of providing leadership and direction for several centers and services and serve as a senior advocate for students. In my role as advocate, I work closely with faculty, staff and student leaders to enhance the quality of university life for students.

The Dean of Students Office seeks to facilitate the integration of the academic experience of students with all aspects of university and student life. The Office encourages interactions among students, faculty and staff to promote a campus climate which supports students' academic success and their personal and professional development.

In addition, our Office strives as an advocate for student issues, needs and concerns; responds to emergency and crisis situations that affect our students; and assists students in preparing for their lives beyond Missouri Southern State University.

In order to make certain you have a successful journey during your tenure at Missouri Southern State University, we would like to equip you with the tools needed to navigate the campus and successfully complete your program of study.

The Student Handbook will provide you with the necessary information to accomplish your goals at MSSU. This handbook will assist you in becoming acquainted with services that are available to support you in your educational growth and development in and beyond the classroom. The student handbook will serve as your resource guide to university services, and student life activities and programs.

I encourage you to browse through the website for more in-depth information about any of our areas and to learn about the ways we can enrich your experience as a student at Missouri Southern State University.

It is my sincere hope that you will take full advantage of all that MSSU has to offer you.

With Warmest Regards,

Dr. Ron Mitchell
Dean of Students
Missouri Southern State University
Billingsly Student Center 347