Biography: Brandi Hephner LaBanc
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Appointed as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in July 2012, Dr. Hephner LaBanc provides leadership and direction for all of the departments encompassed by the Division of Student Affairs. She also serves as a faculty member in the Higher Education program in the department of Leadership and Counselor Education.
Dr. Hephner LaBanc earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Akron, her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Student personnel at Kent State University, and her doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University in Adult and Higher Education.
Prior to coming to the University of Mississippi, Dr. Hephner LaBanc served Northern Illinois University as their Associate Vice President in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as well as the Assistant Vice President for Planning and Operations. She has served students in multiple administrative roles at Arizona State University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Baldwin-Wallace College, and University of Akron.
A respected scholar and consultant in the field of campus crisis management, her research also focuses on preparation of student affairs professionals and transition issues for graduate students. Among her honors and special recognitions, Dr. Hephner LaBanc was named Alumna of the Year at Kent State University and recognized for her outstanding service by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Her partner, Dave, also works at the University of Mississippi. Together, they enjoy taking advantage of all the variety of activities Ole Miss and Oxford have to offer.