GRAND FORKS — For Art Malloy, the decision to apply for a vice president position at UND was born of coincidence. Upon visiting the campus and interviewing for the position, however, he realized the role suits him perfectly.
“Two friends of mine, one of whom is indirectly affiliated with UND, convinced me to apply for the opening,” said Malloy. “Once I visited UND and met everyone, I fell in love with the environment.”
This week, UND announced the hiring of Malloy as the new vice president of Student Affairs, following a nationwide search led by Meloney Linder, vice president of marketing and communications.
“UND is a phenomenal place and community that I am excited to be a part of,” Malloy said. “I’ve worked at and attended major universities, such as Ohio State and the UNC system, but I’ve never seen the amount of opportunities present at a single university like there are at UND.”
Malloy will lead departments affiliated with student affairs, such as dining, housing and health and wellness. He replaces interim Vice President Beth Hellwig, who held the office since October 2021.
Malloy specifically cited students' and faculty’s warmth and engagement as contributing factors toward accepting the position.
“Sitting down with the wonderful staff of Student Affairs, it was like they had already decided they wanted me to be here,” said Malloy. “Students on campus looked up at me, they wanted to engage. If that’s how UND treats new people, I know this job is the right fit for me.”
Malloy brings myriad leadership experience to UND. He previously served as dean of student success at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, and associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at Winston-Salem University in North Carolina.
Malloy’s current role is associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at the University of North Carolina Pembroke, a tribal college. He says his experience working with the Lumbee tribal community will aid him in relating to the Sioux community in the Grand Forks region.
Malloy believes an effective leader is one who listens well, a tactic he plans to employ while he becomes acquainted with his new home.
“Under President (Andrew) Armacost, things have gone right,” Malloy said. “I want to take the time to listen first, and determine what direction to take to advance the university’s mission.”
Part of Malloy’s strategy entails engaging directly with students on campus.
“If you want students to respect you, you have to attend their events,” Malloy said. “You will see me active in the community. I’m excited for my first hockey game.”
Malloy begins his new role on Jan. 9, the start of spring semester.