New dean named for Kennesaw State’s University College

University College Dean Keisha Hoerrner

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 17, 2015) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Keisha Hoerrner dean of University College, effective immediately. Hoerrner has been serving as interim dean of the college since January 2014. 

Prior to her appointment as interim dean, Hoerrner served as associate dean of University College, department chair of First-Year Programs, assistant department chair of University Studies and director of learning communities. She is a professor of communication and previously held a faculty position in communication at Louisiana State. She joined the Kennesaw State faculty full-time in 2000.

During Hoerrner’s tenure as interim dean, she advocated for the restructure of academic support initiatives and brought First-Year and Undeclared Advising Services, as well as Orientation and Transition programs, under the charge of the College.  She also oversaw the redesign of the bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies and worked to launch the master’s degree in First-Year Studies, the College’s first online graduate degree program.

“Keisha has been a tremendous contributor to University College and Kennesaw State,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State. “Her commitment to drive new initiatives and innovative programs that benefit our first-year students’ experience has been instrumental to the growth of University College. Along with her leadership and wealth of knowledge, her vision and dedication will continue to propel the College into national and international spotlights.”

Hoerrner was selected as dean after a nationwide search chaired by Val Whittlesey, associate vice president for academic affairs. 

“I am truly honored to be selected as dean and look forward to working with my colleagues in University College to enhance the learning experiences of both undergraduate and graduate students within the new Kennesaw State University,” said Hoerrner. “It is humbling and a bit surreal to transition from being an undergraduate at Kennesaw College to being a member of the faculty and now dean of one of the university’s degree-granting colleges. This institution is very special to me, and I am thrilled to serve it in this capacity.”

Hoerrner has been published in numerous journals within her discipline and in areas relevant to University College such as learning communities, first-year programs, and trends affecting students in higher education. In 2013, Hoerrner was named one of the nation’s 10 Outstanding First-Year Advocates by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.  

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Kennesaw State, and a master’s degree in journalism and Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Georgia.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 




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