Rob Lipsey, interim director of TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSSP) has been appointed director of the program. Lipsey has been serving as interim director since November 2017, and will officially begin his new appointment on August 1, 2018.
Rob joined Iowa State University in 1998. Prior to taking on the director role, Rob has been the assistant director of TRIO SSSP (2011-present), multicultural liaison officer and academic adviser for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (2005-2011) and coordinator for Residential Minority Programs (1998-2005).
“Rob comes with proven experience and success in all facets of TRIO grant program management, including grant administration, student advising, student success programming, and grant reporting and accountability,” said Laura Doering, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success. “With Rob’s twenty years of experience working with underrepresented students and his understanding of the Iowa State culture, I anticipate Rob will lead a highly successful TRIO Student Support Services Program at Iowa State.”
Rob will oversee all aspects of Iowa State’s federal TRIO grant program serving 250 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities annually, with the goal of increasing the persistence and graduation rates of these students. He will also ensure the university is compliant with regulatory Student Support Services (SSS) mandates, including grant writing and reporting, and act as liaison between Iowa State, the US Department of Education, and community agencies.
“Our TRIO programs at Iowa State University have a long history of helping students overcome barriers to higher education,” said Lipsey. “I’m proud to serve as the next director for TRIO Student Support Services and I’m looking forward to helping first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities achieve success at Iowa State university.”
Rob completed a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southwest State University, Marshall, Minnesota and a master’s degree in college student personnel from South Dakota State University.