Hardwick, James

Portrait of Dr. James Hardwick

OCON 211
Vice President - Student Life

Prior to his work at Carroll College, Dr. James 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 worked in student activities with fraternities and soriorities, leadership programs and new student orientation. Dr. Hardwick began his career in higher education with student housing positions as a hall director at North Dakota State University from 1985-1987 and at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls from 1987-1989. 

Dr. Hardwick has his doctorate of education in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota; his master's degree in Counselor Education 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-eight years and the two of them are proud parents of a college senior, 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's Kid Packs program.

Vice President for Student Life

As the Vice President for Student Life, Dr. James Hardwick serves as the supervisor for the directors of the following Student Life departments: Career Services, Community Living, Counseling Services, Health Center and Student Activities and Leadership. The College Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry reports to the President of the College but works closely with Student Life departments. 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, 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.

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 strong sense of community. The fact that faculty, staff and students genuinely care for each other. In addition, I respect the quality of education that our students receive from our faculty which inspires careers of leadership and service.

Q: How is being a parent of a daughter in college given you insight on student learning?
A: The sense of time for a college student can differ from the sense of time for a parent. Or the sense of time for a college administrator. On one hand, there can be a lack of immediacy in addressing issues or finding answers. On the other hand, there can be a high level of immediacy expected.