USI Promotes Student Affairs Administrator

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The University of Southern Indiana has promoted Marcia Kennard Kiessling from associate provost for student affairs to vice president for student affairs. She will report directly to the president and will oversee USI student programs and general administration.

Kiessling has nearly 40 years of experience in student affairs and leadership development. She was appointed associate provost at USI in 2011. Prior to joining USI, Kiessling served as assistant vice chancellor for student activities, diversity and special projects at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She previously worked at Clemson University in South Carolina, Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and at Ventura College in California. Kiessling has served as a presenter at national conferences, chaired a national convention, served on public policy regional and national committees, and her research has been published in peer-reviewed publications.

Kiessling completed her doctorate in education from North Carolina State University. She holds a master’s degree in recreation and park administration with an emphasis in college union administration from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in pre-theology with an emphasis in English, philosophy and religion from the University of Evansville.

After completing eight years of service to USI this summer, Kiessling is planning to begin her retirement August.

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