Meet Our Staff
Greg Wihers, administraive assistant
Grew Withers is the first point of contact for our department - the one to go to with any questions about our services, scheduling appointments with our staff, or to receive direction on any other concerns you may have. He serves as the departmental coordinator for student clubs and organizations on campus.
Greg also coordinates the operations of the testing center and assists in the coordination of special events, including New Student Orientation, the Student Leadership Dinner, Commencement and Appreciation and Service Day.
Lori Hanegraaf, student programs and services manager
Lori Hanegraaf provides support services for students such as being the point person for veterans’ benefits and international students as well as providing continuing support for student organizations, Student Senate, new student orientation and commencement. She also oversees the peer tutoring services on campus and student work study positions. Lori started at Northwestern in 2004 as the administrative assistant for the Office of Student Affairs.
Becky Lawyer, university counselor, disability services coordinator
Becky Lawyer, MA, LPC, has experience in helping students address personal, relationship, disability and study skills concerns that may impede their progress at Northwestern. Becky has counseled diverse populations including traditional, non-traditional, special needs and low income students.
Becky graduated with a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2005. She has been a licensed professional counselor since 2008. Becky has been with Northwestern since 2008.
Dr. Emily J. Tweed, dean of student affairs and enrollment management
Emily Tweed, PhD, graduated with honors from St. Olaf College with undergraduate degrees in psychology and family studies, and played softball and volleyball, earning All-American honors. She began her career in Student Affairs at Northwestern in 1995 and has served in multiple capacities including Student Affairs, Institutional Research, and now in her current position of overseeing student affairs and enrollment management for the University.
During her tenure at Northwestern, Dr. Tweed has completed her master’s (2000) and doctoral degrees (2004) in educational policy and administration in higher education from the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on the effects of student engagement on academic performance and clinical competency in professional healthcare education.
Kevin Wagner, associate dean of Student Affairs
Kevin Wagner, MS, advises students; coordinates the Leadership Development program; oversees and coordinates intramural athletics, club sports and the Fitness Center; manages new student orientation; and directs student retention strategies,
Kevin comes to Northwestern with a wealth of experience in student affairs. He graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in broadcast technology management in 1992. In 1994, he obtained a master’s degree in counselor education with a concentration in student personnel services from Emporia State University in Kansas. Kevin has worked in student affairs at colleges and universities in Connecticut, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri and Pennsylvania.
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