- Austin Raper ’13
- Hometown: Uniontown, Ohio
- Major: Biochemistry
I chose to attend Mount Union because I believed, and still do, that Mount Union would go the furthest in helping me achieve my goals.
Dean of Students
John L. Frazier serves as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Mount Union.
Frazier formerly served as the vice president and dean for student development at Baker (KS) University, a position he held for three years. Prior to that, Frazier spent five years at Ashland University as director of residence life as well as director of internships. He also spent a year at Heidelberg College as director of the annual fund.
"John Frazier emerged as the successful candidate from an excellent and diverse pool of candidates from our national search," Giese said. "He has a strong background in student affairs and meaningful insight into the type of institution Mount Union is since he has Ohio roots. Given his background and experience, he will be able to hit the ground running."
A 1993 graduate of Heidelberg College where he majored in history, Frazier earned the master of arts degree in higher education administration from the University of Akron in 1995. Frazier has been active in the communities in which he has lived and in 2000 was named Ashland's Kiwanian of the Year. At Baker, he was named the Outstanding Administrator in 2004-05 by the University's Student Senate.
Active professionally, he holds memberships in several organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA).
He and his wife Kim, a 1994 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, are the parents of three children: Howard, Meghan, and Kevin.
The role of the vice president for student affairs and dean of students is to be the chief student affairs officer and serve on the Administrative Council. The dean of students is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive student development program that includes the Office of Career Development, Health Center, Office of Residence Life, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, the Office of Campus Safety and Security, Intramurals and Counseling Services. The vice president provides strategic vision and leadership for student development and works closely with the faculty, the President, and other senior officers to insure the student development program is integrated with, and supportive of, the institution's academic program.