Oscar Gonzalez named new Dean of Student Affairs at Riverland Community College

Riverland Community College has a new Dean of Student Affairs.

Oscar González began his new position at the beginning of the academic year in August.

González was most recently the Interim Accessibility Resource Director and Compliance Officer at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Gonzalez has more than ten years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion through his retention and recruitment roles at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the United States Airforce Air Guard.

A press release stated that during his career, González has influenced policy and procedure decisions in leadership roles to optimize operational excellence and continuous departmental improvement.  Gonzalez has experience defining and developing recruitment and retention strategic plans as well as territory management.  Gonzalez also believes that shared governance is essential in developing a long-term strategic plan within an academic institution.  The release stated that Gonzalez sets expectations and directions for supervised teams using retention theories, counseling techniques, and growth mindset practices.

Although, he will be working at all three campuses, including Albert Lea and Owatonna, Gonzalez’s main office will be located on the Austin campus in the East Building.