Dr. Veronikha Salazar has joined Henderson State University as associate dean of students. Salazar was previously director of Hispanic Outreach and Retention at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where she developed and managed the university’s retention, progression and graduation plan for Hispanic and Latino students.
“Dr. Salazar has extensive work in recruitment, retention, student organizations, and diversity, therefore bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to Henderson,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs. “In her role as associate dean of students, Dr. Salazar will be instrumental in helping to create the Henderson Student Leadership Center, as well as overseeing the operations of the center. We are elated to have Dr. Salazar become a part of the Henderson family.”
The Leadership Center will provide students with the support and resources necessary to run an effective student organization and implement quality programs and events. The Student Government Association, student organizations (professional, Greek and non-Greek), League Initiative (Gentlemen’s League, Ladies League and League of Latinos), Heart Start, pom pon squad, and the Chamber Alliance Ambassador program will all be under the Leadership Center.
Salazar said she is “honored” to be joining the Reddie family. “I could have not asked for a better place to work. Henderson administrators, faculty, staff, and especially students, have been very welcoming and appreciative of the contributions I could bring to this campus and to the Arkadelphia community,” she said. “I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Henderson students supporting their development, both personally and professionally. In the months and years ahead, I do intend to carry Henderson spirit not only across the state, but across the U.S. and across the world as well.”
Salazar earned her B.S. degree in secondary education at Pedro Ruiz Gallo National University in Lambayeque, Peru, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in adult education from the University of Arkansas.
Before working at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Salazar was associate director for leadership, education and development at the University of Arkansas’s Multicultural Center, and had served as program coordinator in the Office of International Students and Scholars at the University of Arkansas. She has served on numerous boards and committees, and has an extensive list of presentations she has made. Her many awards and recognitions range from “Outstanding Faculty” to “Presenter of the Year.”