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Pierson, Tim

Vice President, Office of Student Affairs

Dr. Tim Pierson




  • Ph.D. in Higher Education and Administration - Michigan State University
  • M.A. in Guidance and Counselor Education - Central Michigan University
  • B.S. in Business Administration - Central Michigan University

Dr. Tim James Pierson, Vice President for Student Affairs, began his tenure at Longwood University in 1992.  As Vice President, he oversees the areas of Campus Dining, Campus Police, Campus Recreation, Citizen Leadership and Social Justice Education, Conduct and Integrity, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Disability Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Emergency Management, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Golf Course, Leadership and Service Learning, Residential and Commuter Life, Student Engagement, University Center and Student Activities, and the Assistant VPSA for Assessment and Staff Development.

Upon coming to Longwood, Dr. Pierson served as the Dean of Students until 2000 when he was promoted to his current position.  Prior to Longwood University, Dr. Pierson served as the Dean of Residence Life at Willamette University in Salem Oregon, the Director of Student Affairs for Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University and as Head Resident Advisor at MSU. His first position in Student Affairs was as a Resident Assistant while pursing his master’s degree in counseling. Tim believes his affinity for working with students was developed at an early age while being raised with a family of nine children in Ravenna, Michigan.

Dr. Pierson received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and Management and a Masters of Arts in Guidance and Counselor Education, from Central Michigan University. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. His dissertation research focused on college student satisfaction with social and educational experiences.

Tim is involved professionally in American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Positions held in ACPA include: Trustee for the Foundation, Member-at-Large for the Governing Board, Commission Chair for Administrative Leadership; Commission Chair for Student Resident Programs, Chair for Senior Student Affairs Officer Involvement.  In 2005, Dr. Pierson received ACPA’s Excellence in Practice Award.