Ole Miss vice chancellor coming to UMass


For the Gazette
Published: 10/23/2019 6:29:43 PM

AMHERST — The current vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi, Brandi Hephner LaBanc, will become vice chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life at University of Massachusetts Amherst next spring, the school announced last week. Hephner LaBanc will replace interim Vice Chancellor Rolanda Burney.

Although she declined an interview, Hephner LaBanc said in a press release that she’s “drawn to the opportunity to contribute to UMass Amherst’s leadership in academic and student success.”

Hephner LaBanc​​​​​​, the first woman to be vice chancellor at Ole Miss, has served in thsat role since 2012. For three years before that, she served as associate vice president in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as well as assistant vice president for Planning and Operations at Northern Illinois University. Hephner LaBanc has also served in administrative positions at Arizona State University, the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, Baldwin-Wallace College, and her alma mater, the University of Akron.

Among her career achievements,  Hephner LaBanc was awarded the Lift Every Voice award for her dedication to diversity and inclusion.  In 2013, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State, where she received her master’s degree.

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement that Hephner LaBanc “has distinguished herself as a leader in her field. Her demonstrated commitment to deep collaboration between student affairs and academic affairs, an essential aspect to student success at UMass Amherst, make her an excellent choice for our campus. We welcome her to our community with great enthusiasm.”

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