Academic and Student Affairs


The mission of Academic and Student Affairs at Minnesota State is to be a national leader in transforming higher education systems and practices to improve student outcomes and eliminate disparities.

Satasha Green-StephenSatasha Green-Stephen

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


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Dr. Green-Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in higher education and brings a deep and broad record of accomplishment in academic and student affairs leadership at both the campus level as well as at large, complex systems.

Prior to joining Minnesota State in 2018, she served as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Chicago State University (CSU), Dean of the College of Education at CSU, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at New York Institute of Technology and Associate Dean of Student and Curriculum Affairs and Associate Professor for the College of Education at The University of Alaska Anchorage.

She holds a Juris Doctor from The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Law, PhD in Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology, from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Nate HallangerNate Hallanger

Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


Nate Hallanger serves as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs. Prior to joining the Minnesota State, he worked for eleven years in academic affairs at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, and served as the program director for a non-profit research center in Berkeley, California.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Augustana University before earning a master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Paul Shepherd

Paul Shepherd

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management


Dr. Paul Shepherd has over 20 years of professional experience in higher education serving in a variety of leadership roles in different functional areas within student affairs and enrollment management at campuses in the University of Wisconsin system and the Minnesota State system office.  Prior to serving in this role, Paul served as the system director for student development and success at the Minnesota State system office where he led efforts to comprehensively address basic needs insecurity, supported campus based functional area leaders and senior leaders in student affairs and enrollment management, and provided leadership for other student success focused initiatives.  Paul is passionate about working collaboratively to build student-ready campus communities focused on equity, inclusion, and student success.

Paul holds a Doctorate degree (EdD) in Education Leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota where he researched the relationship between college student engagement, socioeconomic status, and persistence to degree completion.  Paul also holds a Master’s degree in college student development and administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and a Bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

Jesse MasonJesse Mason

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Dr. Jesse Mason has over 18 years’ experience in higher education. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, he understands the power of how education changes lives. His personal mission “is to create transformative experiences for students, the community, and employees that will lead to success and a better quality of life.”

Prior to joining the system office, Dr. Mason has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at North Hennepin Community College, Academic Dean at Century College, Department Chair of Psychology at Clark Atlanta University, and has served as faculty at both community colleges and universities.

He holds a PhD in Psychology (Cognitive and Biological [Brain] Sciences) from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Morris Brown College.

Kim Lynch

Kim Lynch

Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Development and Technology


Kim has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Development and Technology since 2014, overseeing enterprise technology services and resources. Kim has been in the Minnesota State system since 1994 and came to her current role with broad and deep experience in academic affairs and academic technology, having served as a faculty member, active learning advocate, center for instructional technology coordinator, dean of innovative teaching and learning, interim chief information officer, and dean of STEM and computer networking.

Kim holds a BA in English and psychology from Hamline University and both an MA and PhD in English from the University of Minnesota.

Nancy FloydNancy D. Floyd

Senior System Director for Research


Nancy Floyd joined Minnesota State as Senior System Director for Research in March 2020. In that role she oversees production of system submissions to the state Office of Higher Education, reports to the State Legislature on behalf of the system, and IPEDS submissions for seven universities and thirty colleges, as well as a number of systemwide data applications and long-range reporting projects. In this role she also serves on the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership and specifically on the Learner Lifespan workgroup.

Nancy’s prior roles were as Director of Institutional Analytics at NC State University, system DIR/IPEDS Coordinator at the University of South Carolina flagship campus in Columbia, in institutional effectiveness for Midlands Technical College, and as manager of the test bank for the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. She has held several offices with state and regional AIR affiliated organizations and with the Southern Universities Group (SUG). Nancy has given presentations on the use of basic statistics in IR, effective reporting in HR, and how to apply user feedback and cognitive psychology to improve data visualizations.

Additionally she is versed on the use of risk assessment in higher education leadership. She is an IPEDS Educator and current member (for public systems) of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC).

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