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Clark College News and Events

November 9, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing
Telephone:  (360) 992-2921


Educator and attorney William Van Dusen, Jr. brings a focus on academic, professional and personal support for Clark College students

Director of Advising and Counseling William Van Dusen, Jr.VANCOUVER, Wash. -- With a distinctive background in education and the law, William Van Dusen, Jr. is the new Director of Advising & Counseling at Clark College. 

In his new role, Van Dusen, who resides in Portland, directs the Clark College advising department at Clark College.   Van Dusen said his goals include “successfully developing ties among faculty, administration, and student services to provide Clark students with excellent academic, professional, and personal support.”

Van Dusen noted, “Community colleges help students from all walks of life achieve their personal and professional goals through providing a comprehensive and supportive learning environment.   This mission has always been near and dear to my heart and it is what initially drew me to Clark College.  During my time here, I have come to realize that the students, faculty, and staff at Clark College are a living testimony of that mission.  I am proud to be a part of such a great group of dedicated people.”

Studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Van Dusen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-law/philosophy and a master’s degree in philosophy.  He earned his law degree (JD) at the University of Denver’s College of Law.

As an attorney in Colorado, he opened his own practice in Longmont, going on to serve as the Deputy District Attorney of Walsenburg, Assistant City Attorney in Arvada, and Assistant Attorney General in Denver.

His interest in education continued throughout that time.  As an assistant and associate professor, he taught classes in philosophy, arts and humanities, business ethics, jurisprudence and criminal justice classes for Regis University, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Front Range Community College, and the Community College of Denver. 

From 1986-1996, he served as Director of Recruitment for the Community College of Denver.  From 1997-1999, he was Assistant to the Dean of Student Services at Front Range Community College in Boulder.   From 2000-2007, Van Dusen was the Assistant Director of Advising for Regis University’s School for Professional Studies and was appointed as Interim Director of Student Services in 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he served as a chair of the Small Colleges and Universities commission of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

With expertise on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Van Dusen published Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A step-by-step approach for compliance. (P. Folsom & B. Chamberlain, Eds.). 

His contributions to professional publications also include The New Advisor Guidebook: Mastering the art of advising through the first year and beyond (Monograph No. 16) (pp. 93-96). Manhattan, KS: National Academic Advising Association.


EDITORS’ NOTE:  Regis University is located in Denver, Colorado.  Front Range Community College is located in Westminster, Colorado with campuses in Boulder County, Brighton and Larimer.

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