New Leaders in Student Affairs and Finance & Administration

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Mentha Hynes-WIlson and Tye Minckler each bring a wealth of experience to their new positions as vice chancellors at UW Tacoma.

Two new vice chancellors arrived at UW Tacoma on August 1, 2017.

Mentha Hynes-Wilson

Mentha Hynes-Wilson, UW Tacoma Vice Chancellor for Student & Enrollment ServicesMentha Hynes-Wilson, or "Ms. M" as students are coming to call her," has stepped in to lead Student & Enrollment Services. She comes to UW Tacoma having served as the student affairs leader at Salisbury University in Maryland. Prior to that, she served in both student affairs and enrollment services leadership positions at University of California San Diego, Princeton University, Smith College and University of Oregon.

She received a B.A. in ethnic studies from California State University Sacramento, and an M.Ed. in education policy, research and administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mass. She is nearing completion of a Ph.D. in organizational leadership at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

“UW Tacoma is living its mission,” said Hynes-Wilson. “Other institutions aspire to be urban-serving, but UW Tacoma is actually doing it. Every day, I wake up and I am excited to come to campus, to talk with students.”

Tye Minckler

Tye Minckler, UW Tacoma Vice Chancellor for Finance & AdministrationTye Minckler has assumed the helm of Finance & Administration. He previously served as the finance and administration chief at Tarleton State University, the second-largest member of the Texas A&M system. Prior to that, he was vice president for operations at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the director of facilities development and management for the UW School of Medicine. Before beginning his career in higher education, he was the chief financial officer for two private-sector companies in Seattle.

He is an alumnus of the UW, where he received a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology and an MBA in finance. He has an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am very excited about working in an urban-serving university in one of the best cities in America,” said Minckler. “I feel honored to have the opportunity to contribute as UW Tacoma moves into its next phase of development.”

UW Tacoma Chancellor Mark Pagano said, “We are so pleased to have attracted people of the caliber of Mentha and Tye to serve in leadership positions. It is a clear sign of our continuing maturation and growing stature. Their training, work experience and leadership skills are a welcome addition to our team.”

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / September 30, 2017
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