LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has named a new leader for the administration of the nonacademic conduct system for individual and organizational accountability.
Lance Watson will join KU as director of student conduct and community standards Feb. 23.
As director, he will oversee the university’s efforts to educate about and hold students accountable to the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities while also preserving students’ rights and helping them develop their decision-making abilities.
"I am excited to return to KU and serve my fellow Jayhawks through this position in the Office of Student Affairs,” Watson said. “I look forward to collaborating with students and the larger community, keeping student rights and community accountability at the forefront of my practice."
Watson, a KU alumnus, returns to campus from Northwestern University, where he served as assistant director in the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Among Watson’s experiences at Northwestern, he helped investigate and resolve cases of non-academic misconduct, coordinated Northwestern’s hearing panel adjudication process and educated incoming students about community standards.
Before that, he was assistant commandant of cadets at California Maritime Academy, a campus of California State University.
”Lance has the student conduct background to continue KU’s commitment to student rights and advocacy,” said Jane Tuttle, assistant vice provost for student affairs.
In 2007, Watson earned a bachelor’s degree from KU in applied behavioral science with an emphasis in youth development and juvenile justice. He graduated from Clemson University in 2009 with a master’s degree in counselor education with an emphasis in student affairs.
Watson succeeds former director Nick Kehrwald, who joined the University of Kentucky in December 2014 to become associate dean of students.