Oglethorpe University has named Brad Blitz as the inaugural Dean of Student Success, effective June 14. In this new role, Blitz will provide vision and leadership to create a comprehensive advising model and strategy for student success that supports academic progress, retention, and degree completion.
Blitz has spent his academic career focused on advising strategy, strengthening student success efforts, and guiding universities through transformational and operational change.
He comes to Oglethorpe from Temple University, where he has served as the director of advising in the Klein College Advising Center. There, he led a change assessment process that resulted in the development of an advising mission and vision and the overall transformation of Temple’s advising processes. He also oversaw implementation strategy, program development, advisor training and professional development, and competency-based assessments.
Previously, Blitz was assistant director of the University Advisement Center at Georgia State University, which in recent years has seen national recognition for its achievements in student success. In this role, he was responsible for recruiting, training, supervising, and assessing advisors in their delivery of strategic and targeted advising interventions, outreach activities, and retention programs to 6,000 undergraduate students. Additionally, he developed advising policies, protocols, and resources to support advisors, and created a dynamic student population log and dashboard for advisors to track student outreach.
Earlier in his career, he served as director of student services at Brown College, retention coordinator at Saint Paul College, and student affairs counselor at Georgia Perimeter College.
Blitz earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Winona State University, a Master of Education in Human Resource Development, Adult Education from University of Minnesota, and is working on a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Georgia State University.
Faculty and staff who served on the search committee were: Dr. Mariel Meier, assistant professor of physics; Dr. Kendra King Momon, provost and professor of politics; Dr. Kyle Williams, dean of students; and Cecil Rose, associate director of academic success.