Wallace Southerland, III



  • Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • PhD, Education Policy, Planning and Administration, University of Maryland
  • MS, Counseling, University of Bridgeport
  • BA, English, University of Bridgeport


Dr. Wallace Southerland, III currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.  Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he served as the associate vice president of student affairs at Salisbury University.  

Dr. Southerland provides leadership for programs and initiatives in the areas of housing and residence education; career services; student leadership, organizations, and fraternity/sorority life; counseling and wellness services; diversity and inclusion; international programs; student information systems; and other student success initiatives through the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, including disability services, academic coaching, and student success courses.

Dr. Southerland has 30 years of leadership and management experiences in higher education. Examples of Southerland’s career accomplishments include improving student retention and graduation rates for first generation, low-income, disability, BIPOC, and other students; improving planning and assessment practices in Student Affairs; raising funds to support student service functions and scholarships; securing $15+ million in Federal TRIO educational grants; and leading anti-racist and social justice initiatives.

A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Southerland is married to Medra Roberts of Long Island, New York and they have one daughter. He received a B.A. degree in English an M.S. degree in counseling, both from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in education policy, planning, and administration from the University of Maryland College Park.