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The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education has recently put into place a new team of individuals focused on more effectively supporting student success for MSU’s undergraduate students.

The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education has recently put into place a new team of individuals focused on more effectively supporting student success for MSU’s undergraduate students.

“An essential component to addressing undergraduate student success at MSU is increasing cooperation and collaboration between the numerous departments, units and colleges across campus engaged in undergraduate education and student support,” Dr. Sekhar Chivukula, associate provost for Undergraduate Education and dean of Undergraduate Studies, said.  “I look forward to working closely with our new student success team to make significant strides in improving student learning, persistence, and success, and to close the opportunity gaps that exist between first-generation students, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, or those from underrepresented groups on the one hand, and majority students or students from more privileged backgrounds on the other.”

Dr. Luke Schultheis was appointed as assistant dean for Student Success Initiatives & Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) Director.  He succeeded Dr. Kris Renn in this position, who, over the past three years developed this unit.  In this role he leads an interdisciplinary team focused on academic, personal, and social success for undergraduate students in order to bring multiple perspectives from various units across campus together to directly impact student success.

Schultheis has been engaged in higher education for nearly 20 years, having served as a faculty member, chair, dean and enrollment management professional following an initial career in business.  His scholarship and work are focused upon student success, especially for underserved populations.  He has an extensive history of national engagement on the topic and was elected to serve a three-year term as the AACRAO Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management.

He has spent the majority of his academic career in New York City, Las Vegas and Richmond, VA where he most recently served as vice provost for Strategic Enrollment Management at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  Schultheis earned graduate degrees at New York University, Columbia University and the University of Nebraska.  

Dr. Amy Martin was appointed as assistant dean for Student Success Operations.  In this role, she oversees strategic planning, assessment, analytics, and related issues to support and coordinate student success operations campus-wide.  Martin previously served as the MSU Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative Associate Director.

Martin has 25 years of progressive leadership experience at three large, public research universities and has dedicated her career to developing strong student-centered academic communities on large, diverse campuses; tackling complex campus crises; researching women and leadership in higher education; and improving persistence and graduation outcomes for lower income, first generation and/or minoritized (e.g. Black, Latino, Native American, LGBTQ) students.  She earned graduate degrees from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Martin brings to the position of assistant dean for Student Success Operations a strategic and inclusive leadership approach, solid administrative management skills, intellectual curiosity, a commitment to social justice, and a tenacious desire to enhance collaboration among a broad array of Student and Academic Affairs initiatives to achieve MSU’s vision for student success.

Both Schultheis and Martin are active in the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) – Schultheis as the university liaison and Martin as the fellow.  The UIA is a coalition of eleven public research universities spanning geographic, economic and social diversity of the country.  The goal of the UIA is to improve outcomes for all students regardless of background.

Debra “Deb” Dotterer was appointed as assistant dean for University Advising.  In this role, Dotterer represents the advising perspective in university-wide student success planning in order to foster a proactive, inclusive, student-centered approach to all MSU advising activities.

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

For more information about the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, visit