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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Kirsten Kennedy

Associate Vice President for Student Housing and Well-Being 

Phone: 803-777-4129
Office: Patterson Hall 011

Kirsten Kennedy serves as associate vice president for student housing and well-being. Kennedy oversees the Office of Sustainability, Student Health Services, University Housing and its faculty-led and associated living and learning communities.

Previously, she served as interim vice president for housing and student development. As executive director of university housing, she oversaw all facets of the unit, including residence life, facilities operations, administration, technology, business services, assessment and construction and renovation. 

She also holds an appointment in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program as adjunct assistant professor, teaching classes in student affairs administration and trends and issues in higher education.

In ACUHO-I, Kennedy has volunteered in multiple positions, including NHTI faculty, Senior Housing Officer Institute faculty and co-chair, and Professional Standards Institute faculty.  Additionally, she has served as faculty for the SEAHO region’s RELI three times and co-chair once.  She currently serves as the knowledge enhancement director for ACUHO-I, overseeing the Program Committee, Research Committee, Talking Stick committee, Journal Board, and the liaison to the ACHA Healthy Campus Initiatives group. Kennedy edited and co-authored the ACUHO-I-published book "Making a Difference: Improving Residence Life Assessment Practices" in 2016.  She was named one of ACPA’s Emerging Scholars in 2011.  She has served as faculty on the subject of peer leaders for the National Research Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Kennedy has served as a program reviewer on four campuses, and she has presented internationally for Unipol Student Homes based out of London.  She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, and she has an extensive publishing record.

Kennedy earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and her MBA at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis with an emphasis in higher and continuing education from the University of Missouri.

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