Associate dean of students seeking new job

Karla Bowsher

Terry Mena. Photo courtesy of FAU media relations.

FAU’s department in charge of all things extracurricular — from free condoms to dorm life to Homecoming — may soon lose one of its top dogs.

After 12 years in Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Students Terry Mena is vying for a higher position at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Mena applied for their dean of students position late last month. He was one of more than 100 applicants and is now one of four finalists, according to a CU-Boulder press release published earlier this week.

“My professional goals are in line with the opportunity that’s presented itself at the University of Colorado,” Mena said of his decision to move on after 12 years at FAU.

Each finalist will visit the Boulder campus for open forums by the end of April, with Mena visiting on Thursday, April 26. His competition is student affairs officials from Georgia State University, Texas Christian University and the University of California, Berkeley.

The position is expected to be filled by July 1, according to the press release.

Mena started at FAU as a Housing and Residential Life coordinator, according to his personnel file. He managed the University Village Apartments on the Boca campus from 2000 to 2002, when he became an associate director of Student Affairs for the Broward campuses. He returned to Boca in 2007 and has been associate dean of students since.

Senior Vice President Charles Brown, the head of Student Affairs and Mena’s current boss, declined to comment.