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Derek Jackson, Ph.DAssociate Vice President for Student Life
Director of Housing and Dining Services

Derek JacksonDerek's Bio

Derek is the director of housing and dining services at K-State. He oversees all aspects of the department, including operation of the residence halls, dining centers, facilities maintenance division and more.

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Derek began his housing career as a hall director while completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He then served as area coordinator at the University of Georgia from 1993 to 1997. Derek came to K-State in 1997 after accepting the position of Assistant Director for Residence Life, which he held until 2005 when he was promoted to Associate Director for Administrative Services and Residence Life. In 2011, he assumed the role of director. Derek is now associate director of residence life as well, and oversees the Center for Childhood Development, Counseling Services, the K-State Student Union, Lafene Health Center and Recreational Services.


B.S. Social Sciences, Emporia State University, 1989
M.S. College Student Personnel, Kansas State University, 1993
Ph.D Student Affairs in Higher Education, Kansas State University, 2018

Professional Service
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers-International
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers, Upper Midwest Region
  • Southeastern Association of Housing Officers
  • American College Personnel Association
  • Student Housing Training Institute - South Africa - Faculty Member, 2012
  • UMR-ACUHO Robert Mosier Professional Enrichment Award, 2009
  • ACUHO-I Foundation of Excellence, 2008
Michael CrowDirector of Housing and Dining Servicesmcrow@k-state.edu785-532-6453

Michael CrowMichael's Bio

Michael transferred to our department from the K-State Office of the Registrar in 2012. He is responsible for strategic leadership in financial planning and analysis, as well as fiscal resource management. Michael supervises the department's business operations, administrative services and information technology units, and manages the department’s budget.

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As the associate registrar for student information systems at K-State since 2002, Michael directed the testing, training and implementation of the KSIS system. His background includes years of experience in financial services management and accounting at area businesses and state agencies.


B.S. Business Administration-Marketing, 1985
B.A. Political Science, 1985
Master of Business Administration, 1991

Professional Service
  • iSIS Task Force
  • Teachers and Employees Association of Kansas State University- Treasurer
  • American Association of Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Computing and Information Technology Advisory Council
  • K-State Enterprise Authentication System Steering Committee
  • Government and Politics Committee, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • College and University Machine Records (CUMREC) National Communications Committee
  • Chapter author, "Case Study: Task Force Employed by University to Deepen Academic Involvement in PeopleSoft Implementation." Handbook of Research on Technology Project Management, Planning and Operations, IGI Global, 2009
Kathy Van SteenisAssistant Director for Contracts and Occupancy Managementkathyvs@k-state.edu785-532-6453

Kathy Van SteenisKathy's Bio

Kathy joined our department as Jardine Apartments Area Coordinator in 2006 after serving as residence hall director at two other Midwestern institutions – the University of Central Missouri and Nebraska-based Midland Lutheran College.

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In her current position of Assistant Director for Contracts and Occupancy Management, Kathy coordinates all activities pertaining to the Housing and Dining Services student accounts and contracts.

She oversees the areas of contracts, assignments, meal plan and door access, student accounts, KSIS charges, account holds.

  • B.A., Communications, Waldorf College, 2002
  • M.S., College Student Personnel Administration, University of Central Missouri, 2006
Professional Service
  • NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education New Professional Rising Star, 2007
  • American College Personnel Association/Missouri College Personnel Association Stephen Petersen Graduate Student of the Year, 2006
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Michael CrowDirector of Housing and Dining Servicesmcrow@ksu.edu785-532-6453
Nancy HillanPublic Service Administrator Inhillan@ksu.edu785-532-0320
Derek JacksonAssociate Vice President for Student Life / Director of Housing and Dining Servicesderekaj@ksu.edu785-532-0323
Kathy Van SteenisAssistant Director for Contracts and Occupancy Managementkathyvs@ksu.edu785-532-6453