Trine University has named Cisco Ortiz as dean of students, effective June 1.
“Cisco is well-known and respected by the campus community and our student body, not
only for his excellent work as a faculty member, but for his regular support and attendance
for Thunder athletics and student activities,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine
University president. “His experience as a Trine graduate and his enthusiasm for the
university and its mission will be invaluable as we continue to expand and improve
our services for Trine University students.”
Ortiz had served as chair of Trine’s Department of Criminal Justice since 2018 and
as a full-time faculty member since 2015.
“I am honored and grateful to be given this opportunity to serve the Trine University
community as dean of students,” he said. “Having graduated from here 20 years ago,
I never would have imagined being able to return and join the faculty with helping
students develop intellectually. Now, I look forward to supporting Trine’s mission
by providing students with opportunities to develop personally while preparing them
to succeed, lead and serve. I hope our current, and future, students can find their
time at Trine to be the start of a path toward leadership, academic growth and professional
As dean of students, Ortiz will be responsible for the administration of all programs
related to meeting the social and developmental needs of the student body. He will
oversee directors in student housing, counseling services, campus safety, and residence
life and commuter services, and be responsible for maintaining discipline and enforcing
university rules as contained in the Student Handbook.
A 1999 graduate of Trine, his career includes serving as commander of the Steuben
County Jail and an instructor for the Indiana Sheriff’s Association. He spent a number
of years working with at-risk youth in juvenile probation and social services. He
has also been a member of the city council of Coldwater, Michigan, since 2007, and
a reserve sheriff deputy for Steuben County since 2015.