About Student Affairs

Mission Statement

Using our Catholic and Dominican charisms of prayer, study, community and service, the student affairs team facilitates holistic development guided by the principles and theories of student development.

staff headshot Brian Matzke, M.M., '97
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Phone: (616) 632-2073
E-mail: matzkbri@aquinas.edu
Brian Matzke is a two time graduate of Aquinas College. He received his B.S.B.A. in 1997 and his Masters of Management in 2002. Brian’s professional experience began in the public relations department for the now defunct Grand Rapids Mackers professional basketball team. Brian’s administrative tenure at Aquinas began in January of 1997 when he was hired by the admissions office. In May of 2000, he left his position as Associate Director of Admissions to come to the Provost Office. After ten years in Academic Operations including time spent overseeing summer school, ITS, the Registrar and Academic Advising, in 2010 Brian was appointed as Dean of Student Services. He joined the President’s Cabinet in 2014 and was named the Associate Vice President. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Brian has spent six years teaching in the Communication and Inquiry and Expression programs and has earned status an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He has served as the Chair as well as the Vice-chair of the staff assembly. He is married and has two children.
Lisa Hetzel, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Development & Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (616) 632-2439
E-mail: lch001@aquinas.edu or titleix@aquinas.edu
staff headshot Dee Wagner
Secretary to Dean of Students 
Phone: (616) 632-2171
E-mail: dee.wagner@aquinas.edu
Dee Wagner started at Aquinas in 1976 and currently serves as secretary to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Dee has served 7 years as Executive Secretary of the Staff Assembly. Recently she received the Staff Customer Service Award by the Aquinas College Student Body. Dee is a proud parent of a 2009 and 2015 Aquinas graduates.