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Montana State University chooses new dean of students

May 9, 2011 -- MSU News Service

Matthew Caires, from the University of Wyoming, has been selected as Montana State University's new dean of students. Photo courtesy of Matthew Caires.   High-Res Available

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Bozeman - Matthew Caires, from the University of Wyoming, has been selected as Montana State University's new dean of students, university officials announced today.

Caires is currently assistant dean of students for leadership development at UW. He will begin work at MSU on August 1.

The dean of students is the primary student-life advocate on the MSU campus. With responsibilities for fostering a high-level collegiate experience and improving the overall wellness of students, the dean of students directs an office that is a center of student activity, student support and information dissemination. The dean of students reports to and works with Allen Yarnell, vice president for student success, in the development and articulation of programs and policies with division, campus and system-wide implications.

"Matthew will be an excellent advocate for our students," Yarnell said. "He has an extremely broad and deep experience in student affairs. The students of MSU are really going to have a champion in him."

Caires has been at the University of Wyoming since 2001, and has worked in the areas of community service, minority student recruitment and retention, summer orientation, student leadership, student government, and crisis management and emergency response.

Prior to Wyoming, he was assistant director for student activities and leadership development at Saint John's University, Minnesota; graduate assistant to the director of athletics at the University of Vermont; and graduate assistant to the vice president for student affairs at the University of Vermont.

He has extensive experience in grant writing, parent-university relations, and working with students involved with fraternity/sororities and student athletes.

With a doctorate of education from the University of Wyoming, Caires is a published scholar and has a long record of civic and community involvement. His academic research focuses on university liability and responsibility to protect underage college students from foreseeable harm while they are under the influence of alcohol.

While an undergraduate student at Washington State University, Caires served from 1995 to 1997 as a city councilman in Pullman, Wash. He also served as student body president at WSU from 1996-1997 and assistant mayor pro-tempore. In 2008, he was appointed by the governor of Wyoming to the Wyoming State Law Alcohol Statues Review committee. He currently serves as the vice president for the Albany County SAFE Project, a non-profit agency that works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Caires has a master's of education from the University of Vermont, Burlington and a bachelor's in social studies from Washington State University, Pullman.

He was chosen from four finalists after a national search netted 85 applicants.

Contact: Allen Yarnell, vice president for student success, 406-994-2828,