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Notre Dame College Appoints New Dean of Students

James Crosby | 8/22/2013, 3:04 p.m.

Notre Dame College’s new dean of students has led campus life at postsecondary institutions for more than a decade, including directing a small living-learning community on a much larger university campus.

Karl Rishe, who joins Notre Dame on Aug. 26, previously served as assistant director of residence life and coordinator of first-year residence education for a total of seven years at Case Western Reserve University. At Case Western Reserve—a campus of more than 10,000, Rishe oversaw four residential communities—a total of 1,400 students, which is about equal to the enrollment at Notre Dame.

In his most recent role, Rishe was responsible for programming focused on knowledge through multiculturalism, leadership through service, engagement through sustainability and growth through the arts. He provided academic advising to aid with retention and adjudicated student undergraduate conduct cases. He also managed a team of five full-time employees, partnered with faculty in residence and supervised four graduate and 40 undergraduate residence life staff members.

Rishe previously worked as living center director at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and residence director at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

He has presented and published at several organizations and taught and lectured at various institutions. He is the president elect of the Ohio College Personnel Association.

Rishe is working on his dissertation, on resident assistant motivation and satisfaction, for a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Akron. He earned Master of Science in communications from Grand Valley State, to go along with a Master of Arts in higher education administration from the University of Akron. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.