UNK’s interim dean since August 2014, Hinga was announced as the new dean Wednesday by Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Charles Bicak. His start date is July 1, pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Hinga joins UNK with nearly 20 years of experience in student life leadership and support.
He served as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Hastings College from 2012-14. Prior to that, he was associate vice president for student life at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where he also served nearly 10 years as assistant vice president for wellness and career development.
As the senior student affairs officer, Hinga is responsible for the following UNK offices and departments: Academic Success, Counseling and Health Care, Learning Commons, Residence Life, Student Life and offices that report to them.
He has extensive experience in mental health and wellness areas, including preventative outreach educational programs in college settings and has received grants for alcohol education and risk prevention, cross-cultural leadership and orientation for international students.
Hinga earned his doctorate in professional psychology from Wright State University and his bachelor’s degree from Warren Wilson College.