Carroll College, Helena Montana

Vice President Dr. Hardwick

Vice President for Student Life

Vice President Dr. Jim HardwickDr. Jim D. Hardwick
Vice President for Student Life
211 O'Connell Hall


Tammie Hilton
Administrative Assistant
208 O'Connell Hall


Role of the Vice President for Student Life

As the Vice President for Student Life, Dr. Hardwick serves as the supervisor for the directors of these Student Life departments: Career Services and Testing, Community Living, Counseling Services, Health Center and Student Activities and Leadership. Two contracted services, Securitas (Security) and Sodexo (Dining Services), also work as partners with Student Life.

The role of the Vice President for Student Life is to facilitate the involvement of Student Life departments in the college's strategic planning, budgeting and development of services and out-of-classroom learning to respond to the needs of students. Dr. Hardwick works closely with the college president, the other college vice presidents, the associate vice president for enrollment, and the student president of the Associated Students of Carroll College to support the needs of students.

The Vice President for Student Life is the person designated by the college president to be responsible for the administration of the Carroll Code of Student Conduct. Dr. Hardwick develops policies for the administration of the student conduct code and appoints a Student Conduct Administrator to oversee the student conduct system processes. 

Dr. Hardwick is available to meet individually with students to address needs or concerns. To schedule an appointment, please call the Student Life Office at (406) 447-5457. Dr. Hardwick can also be reached by email to address issues or concerns at

Background Information on Dr. Hardwick

Prior to his work at Carroll College, Dr. Hardwick served as the Dean of Students at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, from 1993-2002. In this role, he worked with student conduct, new student orientation, student activities, international students, multicultural students and life safety services. Dr. Hardwick opened a $9 million campus center, launched a four-year leadership curriculum through a Kellogg Foundation grant and worked closely with community leaders on town-and-gown relationships.

Previously, Dr. Hardwick served as the Associate Director of Campus Programs and Organizations at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, from 1989-1992. In this role, he served as the fraternity and sorority advisor, coordinator of the parents program for student orientation and registration, and leadership program facilitator. Dr. Hardwick began his career in higher education in Residence LIfe with a hall director position at the University of Wisconsin-RIver Falls in River Falls, Wisconsin, from 1987-1989 and a hall director position at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, from 1985-1987.

Dr. Hardwick has his doctorate of education in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota; his master's degree in Counselor Training from North Dakota State University; and his bachelor's degree with a double major in Management and Political Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Hardwick has been married to his wife, Sharon, for twenty-six years and the two of them are proud parents of a college sophomore, Libby. As a volunteer, Dr. Hardwick has served on the national board of directors of Theta Chi Fraternity and frequently offers presentations at regional and national leadership conferences. He is also the college contact for Family Promise of Greater Helena and volunteers with Helena Food Share Kid Packs program.

Q & A with Dr. Hardwick 

Q: How did you become interested in working in Student Life?
A:  I was very involved as a student leader when I was in college. I enjoyed working with the mentors in Student Life who helped me develop my strengths and skills.

Q: What was your first job in Student Life?
A: A year after I graduated from college, I was hired as a hall director at a state university. I started my master's degree and had practicum experiences working in Student Activities and Residential Life.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: The interaction with students. I enjoy helping students figure out the lessons that would help them better understand their purpose in life.

Q: What is the most difficult part of your job?
A: Telling a student that she or he is no longer enrolled at Carroll College due to her or his actions or decisions.

Q: What do you like best about Carroll College?
A: The sense of community. The fact that faculty, staff and students genuinely care for each other.