College names new Vice President for
Brian Carlisle, who most recently served as vice president for student affairs
at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, has been named Vice President for Student
Engagement and Dean of Students at LaGrange College, according to President Dan
He will replace Dr. Marc Shook, who has taken the post of Dean of Students and
Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the University of South Carolina.
“Brian brings tremendous energy and creative vision to his new role here on the
Hill,” President McAlexander said. “These traits, combined with his strong record
of experience, promise to bring wonderful ideas for enhancing our Student Engagement
“We are confident Brian will build on the great work done by Marc Shook and are
very excited to have him join our leadership team.”
Carlisle said from his first visit to campus, LaGrange College felt like coming
“The college is such a warm, open and inviting place,” he said, “and its student-centered
focus is evident.
“I’m excited by the strategic direction of the institution, and I very much look
forward to working with the student engagement team and the rest of the campus
community to help fulfill that vision for the college.”
A native of the Mobile, Alabama, area, Carlisle earned his bachelor’s degree in
applied mathematics and his master’s in higher education administration from The
University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a juris doctor from Southwestern University
School of Law in Los Angeles.
He worked as a mathematics professor at Central Alabama Community College in Childersburg,
then transitioned into administration when he became assistant dean of students,
and later associate dean of students, at the University of California in Los Angeles,
followed by associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students at
San Francisco Art Institute, dean of students at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
and vice president for student affairs at Pitzer College.
Carlisle is an advocate for foster care, serving as vice chair for the board of
directors of RaiseAChild in Los Angeles. He is a certified foster parent in California
and has volunteered with KidSave in Culver City, California; Five Acres Foster
Family Agency in Altadena, California; and the Eau Claire County Humane Association.
He is the inaugural winner of the namesake Brian A. Carlisle Leadership and Strategic
Planning Award at Pitzer College and the recipient of the Ron Satz award for Student
Advocacy and the Roma Hoff Outstanding Adviser of the Year Award, both at University
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.