RSU Names Jeana Rae Conn as Director of Student Conduct and Development/Title IX Coordinator

JeanaRae ConnRogers State University has named Jeana Rae Conn as the Director of Student Conduct and Development/Title IX Coordinator within the Office of Student Affairs.

“Jeana Rae is a proven student affairs administrator with invaluable expertise in managing student conduct and Title IX procedures. She will serve the student body and university well,” Dr. Robert Goltra III, the vice president for student affairs, said.

Conn joins RSU from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology as the Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students. In this role she implemented conduct enforcement and student retention, while serving as Title IX Coordinator.

“I grew up in a family that was education oriented. As I was deciding on a career path, I knew that I wanted to work in higher education in a service-oriented role,” Conn said. “My previous experience in student affairs has allowed me to stay in the higher education environment and meaningfully contribute to the student’s experience during their school attendance and in some cases after graduation. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Hillcat Community and continue my work with college students.”

Prior to her tenure at Spartan College, she spent 10 years as the Associate Vice President for Student Services at Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee. She supervised Disability Services, Career Services, Dean of Students, Residence Life, and worked closely with the international student population helping students maintain visa requirements.

Her appointment to this position plays a vital role in the university’s collective efforts to maintain a safe and gender-equitable campus climate for all members of the RSU community. The director serves as the university’s conduct officer and has primary responsibility for the development, interpretation, and application of policy and procedure related to student conduct.

“I hope, as a member of the student affairs team, to work in collaboration with faculty and staff to ensure the student experience at Rogers State University is a rewarding and successful experience from admission through graduation,” Conn said. “I want to contribute to an experience that provides students with an opportunity to not just train in their program field, but also grow in cultural diversity and awareness to prepare students for future employment.”

Conn’s experience also includes disaster relief work in the Florida Keys as well as volunteering in Brazil. While working at Spartan College, she partnered with the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity. She joins the student affairs team alongside Katie Warnick, the new student activities coordinator.

“Katie and Jeana Rae are enthusiastic, creative and have a passion for serving students. Their knowledge of students from a student affairs perspective will be assets as our division advances our work in the areas of co-curricular and legalities respectfully, which are required of student affairs professionals in today’s educational milieu,” Dr. Goltra said.

Conn received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Her husband Jeremy works for Grand River Dam Authority. Together, they are parents to daughters Jalynn, 9, and Avery, 5.