Regina Young Hyatt
Vice President for Student Affairs, Mississippi State University
Region III Director
Dr. Regina Young Hyatt is vice president for student affairs at Mississippi State University. She joined MSU in July 2015. In her role as vice president, she provides leadership for the division of student affairs which includes a wide range of departments and programs focused on student health, wellness & safety; student involvement & engagement; and student success. Prior to her role at Mississippi State, Dr. Hyatt served as the dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She additionally worked at the University of South Florida, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and Palmer College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in college student personnel both from Western Illinois University, located in Macomb, IL. Her doctoral work was completed at the University of South Florida in higher education administration. Dr. Hyatt’s research interests relate to women in higher education, the impact of student involvement on academic achievement, technology in higher education, and student retention/persistence.
Dr. Hyatt’s professional involvement included serving as chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities and she continues her involvement with NASPA where she currently serves as director of Mississippi NASPA. She was recently elected to serve as a member of the executive committee for the Council on Student Affairs, an Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities operational council. She regularly presents at national and regional conferences and often writes for blogs and relevant student affairs publications.