Midwestern University Appoints New Dean of Students

Midwestern University is proud to announce that Shannon Sesterhenn, M.S., Ed.D., has been appointed as the new Dean of Students for both the Glendale, Arizona and Downers Grove, Illinois campuses.

  • AZ - Glendale
  • IL - Downers Grove
Shannon Sesterhenn headshot at Glendale campus

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon Sesterhenn, M.S., Ed.D., to the position of Dean of Students.

Dr. Sesterhenn began her career with Midwestern University in September 1996 on the University's Downers Grove, Illinois Campus. In 2000 she transferred to the Glendale, Arizona Campus as Assistant Dean of Students and was later promoted to Associate Dean of Students in 2012. In the course of her service to Midwestern, Dr. Sesterhenn established the University's student housing programs, managed student accommodation requests, and performed other critical duties for the University's Colleges and programs while dedicating herself to student matters. She has served as Interim Dean of Students since July 2023 following the retirement of Ross Kosinski, Ph.D., the University's Dean of Students since 1998.

"Dr. Sesterhenn's appointment as Dean of Students underscores her exceptional dedication and 27 years of remarkable service to Midwestern University. Her profound impact on our institution is undeniable, and I have every confidence that, under her guidance, our students will continue to experience a wonderful journey of growth and success," Dr. Goeppinger said.

Dr. Sesterhenn received her master's degree in 1994 from Illinois State University and her Doctor of Education degree from Arizona State University in 2012. In her new role she will oversee student affairs on both the Downers Grove and Glendale Campuses.

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