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Sawadogo joins as Assistant Dean for Residence Life and Campus Security

August 31, 2021

Photo of Annette Sawadago wearing a black long sleeve shirt with a blue background

Annette Sawadogo joined Finlandia’s student affairs staff this past August as the new Assistant Dean for Residence Life and Campus Safety

Sawadogo has an impressive background with 14 years of experience in higher education. After earning her bachelor’s in chemistry and biology from Missouri Western State University, she went on to pursue a Master of Public Health from Texas Technological University’s Health Science Center along with a Master of Arts in Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota. 

I am excited to work with the people of Finlandia,” Sawadogo said. “I am excited to work at a small institution that strives to help students develop into a well-rounded human that will work to make their community and world a better place.”

Not only does Sawadogo come to Finlandia with plenty of work experience in higher education, but she also comes to campus bringing life experiences that will add to her interactions with students. From 2008 to 2012 she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. Her responsibilities during this time included focusing on maternal and child health, keeping track of vaccination records, promoting vaccination and reproductive health along with teaching middle and high school biology and english. 

In Sawadogo’s spare time she likes adventuring and discovering new things. 

“If I’m not out exploring you can find me inside reading a good book, listening to music, or watching movies.”

The best place to reach Annette Sawadogo would be in Mannerheim or Finlandia Hall. Her email is annette.sawadogo@finlandia.edu

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