Tisa Mason, Ed.D., has become Valley City State University’s (VCSU) 13th president.
Mason was appointed VCSU president by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education at its meeting on the VCSU campus Oct. 30, 2014, and she began her work at VCSU on Dec. 15, 2014.
Prior to coming to Valley City, Mason served as vice president for student affairs at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kans. She previously served as dean of student life at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in Whitewater, Wis.; executive director of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and Foundation in Indianapolis, Ind.; director of student life and assistant professor at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va.; and assistant dean of students, Hanover College, Hanover, Ind.
A frequent speaker on leadership, student involvement, adult learners, and fraternities and sororities on college campuses, she is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and former president, treasurer and board member of the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity.
In 2013, Mason received the Robert H. Shaffer Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors for her long-term commitment to fostering positive change in fraternities and sororities. She received the Excellence in Service to Students Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success in the same year.
Her academic credentials include a Doctor of Education degree in higher education from the College of William and Mary; a Master of Science degree in education from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology/anthropology from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. Her dissertation at William and Mary was “The Commuters’ Alma Mater: Profiles of College Student Experiences at a Commuter Institution.” She has also earned the professional credential of Certified Association Executive (CAE).
She and her husband, Bill Mason, make their home in Valley City.