Luther President Torgerson names Landstrom Dean for Student Life

March 13, 2012

Luther College President Richard Torgerson has named Corey D. Landstrom to the position of vice president and dean for student life.

Landstrom will assume his duties at Luther July 9.  He succeeds Ann Highum who has served as vice president and dean for student life since 1991.

Landstrom currently serves as assistant dean of students at Colgate University, a position he has held since 2005.  He directed Colgate’s Center for Leadership and Student Involvement from 2003-05.

His 17-year career in education administration includes serving as director of student activities at Reed College from 1999-2003, assistant director of student activities at Hamilton College from 1995-99, and residence life coordinator and assistant director of student activities at Grinnell College from 1993-95.

"Corey brings a distinguished record of accomplishments at places where student life and academic life are the heart and soul of the institution," said President Torgerson. "Like Luther, these are places that strive to transform the whole person in preparation for a life of leadership and service."

Landstrom's work at Colgate University has included creating an updated system of university standards and code of student conduct, developing and implementing an accountability system to complement the university's drug and alcohol policy, and adopting a web-based system for managing student conduct operations, including incident reporting.

Landstrom served one year as administrative advisor and director of the Colgate Center for Leadership and Student Involvement.  He has continued to serve as an administrative advisor in addition to his student conduct responsibilities, working closely with students to assist them in navigating their experiences.  His advising often includes close collaboration with a student's professors and family, and with other administrators. 

He led or served on numerous governance and policy-making committees, including dean of the college assessment team since 2008.

A frequent presenter at professional conferences and seminars, Landstrom is known as an innovator and educator in leadership development programs, student conduct operations, and program data compilation, analysis and application.  Most recently, he presented at the national conferences of the American College Personnel Association and the American School Counselor Association.

Landstrom holds the bachelor of arts degree in urban and regional studies from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the master of arts degree in counseling and student personnel from Minnesota State University.

Landstrom and his partner, Ann Landstrom, are the parents of an 11-year-old child.  Ann currently serves as assistant dean and director of the office of national fellowships and scholarships at Colgate University.

As vice president and dean for student life at Luther, Landstrom will oversee operations of the department that is responsible for most student services, activities, and governance.  He will also serve as the primary liaison between the student life office and the college's faculty, administration, board of regents and other offices and departments.

Student life staff members collaborate with students, faculty and staff to facilitate the college's living and learning environments.  Goals of student include providing services that help student succeed and programs that foster responsibility, independence, leadership, service, values, high expectations and mutual respect.