Director of Housing/Associate Dean of Students
Jean Merkle is the Associate Dean of Students for Upper Iowa University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of Minnesota, Morris and Master's Degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jean arrived at Upper Iowa University in 2003 and has been in the field of Higher Education since 1994. She has served in multiple capacities of Student Development throughout her 16 year career; Residence Life, First Year Experience, Career Services, Security, and Student Activities. Jean's current responsibilities include being the Director of Residence Life and Security. Jean is married to Jeff Merkle and has 3 children and resides in Fayette.
South Village Hall Director
Kayla, originally from Alma, WI, is the new South Village Hall Director. She graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2012 with a double major in Human Services and Psychology with a minor in sociology. She is pursuing her Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Government. As a hall director, Kayla works with all of the South Villages and Lee Tower, and she also develops leadership and wellness programming. In her free time, she likes watching the Green Bay Packers and New York Yankees, reading, baking, and watching scary movies. She is looking forward to this upcoming year and getting to work with all of the students.