Debra “Deb” Dotterer has worked at Michigan State University in an advising capacity for more than 22 years. Prior to her appointment as assistant dean for university advising, Dotterer most recently served as assistant dean and director of undergraduate studies for MSU’s College of Natural Science (NatSci). She has also served as the NatSci director of undergraduate student affairs, an academic advisor for the MSU College of Engineering and assistant to the dean for James Madison College. Earlier in her career, Dotterer also served as the manager of evening services at Ivy Tech State College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and as the dean of admission and financial aid and coordinator of adult and graduate admissions for Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dotterer is the former NACADA Region V Chair having also served as Michigan Liaison to the Regional Steering Committee, Chair of the STEM Advising Commission, an Emerging Leader Mentor, a Great Lakes Great Leader Mentor, as well as being involved in many regional and state-wide conference planning teams. Her honors and awards are many and include receiving a Michigan State University Distinguished Academic Staff Award, a College of Natural Science Outstanding Advisor Award and the Dorothy Millbrook Award from the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Dotterer received her B.S. in education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and her M.A. in college and university administration at Michigan State University.

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