Richard "Dick" Jenkins
Vice President for Student Affairs
Richard Jenkins, vice president for student affairs, is currently the longest-tenured vice president at Minot State University, holding the title since 1989. Jenkins joined the university in 1983 after various positions at other colleges and universities throughout the United States. As the vice president for student affairs, he is responsible for student life, counseling, campus housing, student activities, the Student Center, student health, student publications, disability services, the Student Success Center, the Native American Center, the POWER Center and the Veterans Center.
Jenkins earned his bachelorís degree in speech and French, and his masterís degree in counseling and guidance from North Dakota State University before serving for three years in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant. After his honorable discharge from the military, Jenkins worked for Mississippi State University, Starkville; Doane College, Crete, Neb.; and Murray State College, Tishomingo, Okla., in student-services positions. During this time, Jenkins also completed his educational doctorate from Mississippi State with an emphasis on student personnel and educational administration.
Jenkins served as the director of student affairs from 1983 to1989 before promotion to vice president for student affairs. From 1994 to 2005 he served in the dual role of vice president for advancement and student affairs. In 2005, the two positions were separated and he returned to student affairs.
Within the community, Jenkins has participated in or led a number of groups, including the Boy Scouts of America Northern Lights Council, Minot Lions Club, Minot Area Personnel Association and the American Legion.
Jenkins is married to Sally, and they have three daughters.