For release: September 28, 2010
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Two new administrators have been appointed in the Division of Student Affairs at the
University of Memphis. Dr. Stephanie Blaisdell is the new assistant vice president
for Student Development, and Dr. Stephen H. Petersen is the associate VP for Student
Affairs and Dean of Students. Both have begun work at the University.
Petersen began his student affairs career at Indiana University as assistant to the
Dean of Students, and he later served as assistant Dean of Students and director of
University Housing at the University of Vermont. Over a period of 24 years he served
the University of Central Missouri as vice president for Student and Alumni Affairs,
acting vice president for University Advancement, and as an associate professor of
Dr. Stephen H. Petersen
He comes to the U of M from St. Louis, where he was most recently vice president for
Student Affairs at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. Prior to that, he had been
with Washington University in St. Louis as assistant vice chancellor for Alumni and
Development Programs, and earlier at St. Louis University as interim vice president
for Development and University Relations and also as associate vice president for
Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University.
Blaisdell has served the University of Memphis since 2007 as the director of Student
Affairs Learning and Assessment; among her duties in that position were strategic
planning, retention, assisting with the articulation of learning outcomes and their
assessment, along with overseeing the University’s three commencement ceremonies each
year and coordinating the planning and presentation of the New Student Convocation
Dr. Stephanie Blaisdell
During her17-year career in higher education at the U of M, Worcester Polytechnic
Institute, and Arizona State University, Blaisdell has focused on retention of students,
including women in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Arizona State University.
Her husband, John Blaisdell, is associate dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis.