Koren Bakkegard wins Fidler Award in Student Affairs

Koren Bakkegard
Koren Bakkegard

The good news is that KOREN BAKKEGARD, interim associate vice provost of student affairs and dean of residential education, has won the Margaret Fidler Award for Distinguished Service in Stanford Student Affairs.

The bad news (for Stanford) is that Bakkegard, who joined the university in 2004, has been named associate vice provost and dean of students at Brown University. She starts her new job Aug. 1.

In preparation for that transition, her colleagues in Student Affairs had the opportunity to honor Bakkegard’s service to Stanford. Nominators praised her as “one of the hardest working people I have ever had the pleasure of serving alongside” and for rising to challenges “in a time of tremendous transition,” bringing “focus, levity, passion, joy and unmatchable work ethic and tremendous heart to a role that she did not seek or expect.”

As interim associate vice provost, Bakkegard has overseen the 40 professional staff, 72 live-in faculty and academic staff and more than 500 student staff who comprise Residential Education. She has guided the division through changes in its leadership team and has aligned department functions with priorities related to equity and inclusion, mental and emotional well-being, and community and belonging.

Bakkegard previously served as associate dean and executive director of residential education (2014-2018), associate dean and director of community standards (2012-2014), associate dean of undergraduate advising and research (2009-2012), assistant dean of freshmen (2008-2009) and director of new student programs (2007-2008). On several occasions over her university tenure, when Stanford has needed an administrator to provide vision and direction to strengthen organizational structures and teams, leadership has looked to her.

The award, named for Cuthbertson Award winner and former Student Affairs administrator MARGARET ANN FIDLER, recognizes a staff member who demonstrates an extraordinary dedication to the work of the division and the mission of the university, a highly developed sense of integrity and a sincere belief in the value of teamwork and collaboration.

SUSIE BRUBAKER-COLE, vice provost of student affairs, also recognized other Student Affairs award winners:

  • HAZEL MARKUS, the David-Brack Professor in Behavioral Sciences, received the JOHN ETCHEMENDY Student Affairs Faculty Award for Outstanding Service.
  • INGE HANSEN, psychologist in Counseling and Psychology Services, received the CHRISTINE GRIFFITH Award for Dedication to Student Well-Being.
  • Staff members from BEAM Career Education, the First-Generation, Low-Income Office, the Office of Accessible Education and the Schwab Learning Center received the GREG BOARDMAN Team Impact Award.