Story by Kaitlyn Burden
Photo by Julie Archer
Vice President of Student Affairs Lance Newbold gives students a look into his life and experiences as a member of the Rose State family. Newbold started in 2012 in Academic Advisement and was promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs in January 2017.
As a military man, Lt. Col. Newbold served in the US Army from 1992-2007. Before becoming Vice President, he served as the Director of Veteran Services and the Director of Academic Advisement. With this type of background, he is notorious for always being at least 10 minutes early.
He is also active in the President’s Leadership program on campus and is a leadership adviser to many students.
“Lance is the rock of leadership that everyone needs in their life. His passion and drive is also what inspires others,” said Greyson Wolf, leadership student.
Newbold attends numerous events and functions that often keeps him with a busy schedule. The impact he had on students earned him the staff appreciation award at the 2017 Student Life banquet.
“Vice President Newbold is an excellent leader that shows great care with both students and staff. He pushes us to strive for excellence and leads with great passion,” said Student Conduct Officer Erin Logan.
Newbold strives to be a positive example for students.
“The one thing that I hope that I do every day is treat everyone fairly. I think integrity is very important. Dealing with everyone the way I would want them to deal with me,” Newbold said. “A lot of times, students look and think that their professors and college administrators are unapproachable. That’s not the case at Rose State. We are all here because we want to help students.”
While he has a direct impact on students, his co-workers also admire him.
“Vice President Newbold is a very supportive leader. He also trusts that he has good people to their job and so he makes them feel comfortable in being able to do that,” said Alicia McCullar, Director of Student Engagement. “As he has transitioned, it’s so fun for him to embrace change. For instance, when he was first asked to take a selfie, he made a grumpy cat face. Instead of continuing down the grumpy cat lane, he embraced it all.”
As a word of advice, Newbold offered up his insights to being a successful student.
“Go to class. My advice is always Go. To. Class,” he said.