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Midland University announced the appointment of Lawrence Chatters as the school’s newest vice president for student affairs.

According to information released by the university, Chatters’ acceptance follows a national search and intensive vetting of a pool of candidates.

“Lawrence’s diverse professional experience brings a different, broader perspective to Midland than others might have,” Midland University President Jody Horner said in a released statement. “He is a gifted educator and we are thrilled to have him join our staff.”

Prior to accepting the position at Midland, Chatters served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at Pennsylvania State University. He also served as an adjunct professor in the school’s counselor education department.

Prior to his time at Penn State, Chatters worked with students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in a wide range of capacities, including positions within Nebraska athletics as the diversity and inclusion coordinator, and in the UNL Women’s Center as the men’s program coordinator.

Chatters also worked as an academic adviser, course instructor and mental health counselor with focused efforts and experience in students’ mental, social and emotional health, providing individual counseling, group counseling, inclusive outreach and crisis management.

Chatters’ experience is not limited to higher education, as he has also had success as a business owner and a philanthropist, raising funds to provide grants for children’s medical research across the United States.

“This is a full-circle moment for my wife and me. Approximately 20 years ago, I stepped on campus at Midland as a freshman with big ideas and expansive aspirations,” Chatters said in a released statement. “During my time on campus, I met my wife Katie and numerous lifelong friends. I grew academically and spiritually and was mentored, nurtured and challenged by the faculty, staff and administrators.”

Chatters added that he is ready to come home to Fremont and inspire students at his alma mater.

“I am excited to come home and I am prepared to dedicate myself to servant leadership,” he said. “I hope and pray that I can be instrumental in inspiring the next generation of men and women who choose Midland University as their home.”

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