Vice President for Student Affairs Office

Student Affairs contributes to the institution's mission of preparing students for leadership and involvement in an increasingly diverse, technologically sophisticated, and complex global society by offering a broad range of programs, activities, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Jeanine Ward-RoofJeanine Ward-Roof
Vice President for Student Affairs
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Jeanine Ward-Roof, Ph.D. began at Ferris in 2014 and has over 30 years of experience in the Student Affairs field.  She is responsible for the leadership, direction, supervision and assessment of the Division of Student Affairs which includes admissions, Birkam health center, Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services, commencement, dean of student life, enrollment services, financial aid, GLBTQ+ Center, Greek life, institutional research and testing, multicultural student services, orientation, personal counseling center, records office/Registrar, student conduct, student employment, Title IX, University Center, university recreation and Veterans’ services.

Jeanine is active in the National Orientation Directors Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Association where she has held many positions and presented and published on a myriad of topics throughout her career.  At Ferris State, she is also Co-Chair of the Ferris United Way Campaign, serves on the President’s Council, is Chair of the FSU Re-Entry Committee, is a member on the Strategic Planning and Resource Committee and the Higher Learning Commission Committee and is one of the Advisors for the FSU Student Government Association.

Ward-Roof earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Ohio University, a master’s in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Clemson University.  Additionally, she has received numerous awards, two of the most notable being the NODA Circle of Excellence in 2019 and the NASPA Foundation Pillar of the Profession in 2015. 

Jeanine has spent her career working with college students and their families and can think of no better way to support student success then creating diverse and inclusive environments where students can explore their values and debate knowledge in a close community setting.


Linda Telfer
Executive Secretary to the Vice President for Student Affairs
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Deanna GoldthwaitDeanna Goldthwait
Executive Director of Student Affairs Budget and Auxiliaries
(231) 591-3572
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Deanna M. Goldthwait, M.S., began at Ferris in 2012 and serves as the Executive Director of Student Affairs Budget & Auxiliaries.  Deanna has over 15 years of experience in the budgeting and accounting fields.  Along with the Budget Director responsibilities, she is also responsible for the leadership, direction and supervision of the Birkam Health and Personal Counseling Centers.   

At Ferris State, Deanna is the Co-Chair of the HLC Digital Measures committee, serves on the Higher Learning Commission Criterion 5 committee and the PageUp Implementation Team, is a member of the Student Affairs Executive Team and the Student Affairs Administrative Council, is the Student Affairs representative on the Tuition & Student Fees Committee, and is one of the Advisors for the Finance Division of FSU Student Government Association.

Goldthwait earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s in Career and Technical Education from Ferris State University.    

Timme Center for Student Services
Room 313-B
1201 South State Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone: (231) 591-3578
Fax: (231) 591-2195