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UW-La Crosse has appointed new leaders in the Student Life Office, with Greg Phlegar taking the position of dean of students and Kara Ostlund named assistant dean of students.

Phlegar is associate dean of students at Clemson University in South Carolina. His position at UW-L will begin July 24, overseeing the Office of Student Life, including student conduct, Title IX, first-year experience, violence and prevention, wellness and academic support case managers.

“Greg is an experienced and accomplished higher education professional with 20 years of progressively responsible experience in student affairs,” said Vitaliano Figueroa, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

Ostlund is a hall director at UW-Eau Claire and former associate dean of students and director of conduct at Catawba College. She'll begin her position at UW-L on July 18. Ostlund will be responsible for implementing and administering the UW System code of conduct for all reports of academic and non-academic misconduct. She will also provide oversight and implementation of Student Life Office compliance needs, including the Clery Act and the Annual Security Report, as well as other federal, state and UW System legal requirements.

Both positions were created through a restructuring of two existing positions within the Division of Student Affairs.

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