Benardo Dargan Named Interim Associate Vice President/Dean of Students


Benardo “Ben” Dargan will join the Division of Student Affairs as the interim associate vice president and dean of students effective Sept. 10.

Dargan has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently as the assistant dean for graduate students and global engagement at Clemson University. He brings a wealth of energy and passion for student success.

Dargan will lead campus efforts to create co-curricular pathways in conjunction with student academic and career goals. He will also be the key administrator dealing with after-hours crisis issues, student hospitalization transports as well as the point of contact in the event of a student death.

Dargan holds a master’s in student affairs administration from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s in music education from South Carolina State University. He has also completed the Management and Leadership in Education certificate program at Harvard University. Additionally, he is currently pursuing his doctorate from Maryville University.

A national search for a permanent associate vice president and dean of students will commence this fall for a February 2019 appointment.