Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
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This year we are excited to have James Rhatigan, former VP of Student Affairs and Senior VP - Wichita State University and our very own, Mishelle Oaks, Director of Residence Life - Western Illinois University
Dr. James J. Rhatigan
Dr. Mishelle Oaks currently serves as the Director of Residence Life with University Housing and Dining Services at Western Illinois University. In this role she oversees the main functions of the residence halls on campus, including staff supervision, programming, and crisis management. Dr. Oaks has previous experience at Monmouth College, in Monmouth, Illinois, where she served as the Director of Academic Support Programs. In addition, she spent five years at the University of Central Missouri where she was an Assistant Director of Residence Life and adjunct faculty to the College Student Personnel Program.
Dr. Oaks earned her bachelor’s degree at Western Illinois University, in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Missouri State University. Her doctorate was earned from University of Missouri-Columbia, where her dissertation focus was on mentoring in Student Affairs.
Mishelle has additional experiences from Minnesota State University, Mankato and Kansas State University. She has served as a regional student leadership advisor, and also has a passion for student advising with on campus groups and Greek Life. She also has additional experience focusing on professional development in the Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College and University Housing Officers (UMR ACUHO), including serving as a committee chairperson and an executive board member. In her spare time, Mishelle has previously been associated with Relay for Life and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She currently assists with the Warren County (Illinois) Prime Beef Festival Princess Pageant.
She resides in Monmouth, Illinois with her husband, Josh, who is also an alumni of Western Illinois University.