Administrator receives national award
Professional association honors Kennesaw State director of Parent and Family Programs
KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec 9, 2016) — Sharon Brownlow’s unswerving leadership on behalf of Kennesaw State University’s Parent and Family Programs has earned her a national award.
The Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP) honored Brownlow during its conference in Boulder, Colorado, with its award for the Outstanding Parent and Family Programs Professional.
Brownlow, who is the director of Kennesaw State’s Parent and Family Programs, was recognized as a “professional who has demonstrated service to AHEPPP, and/or to the parent and family programming profession.”
“It's an honor to win this not for myself, but for all the families that our department cares for each year,” said Brownlow. “Bringing family members into our institution provides the entire picture. We get to see the relationships from which students are transitioning and get to develop those connections in sincere and appropriate ways to best support our students and institution.”
AHEPPP is the national association for higher education practitioners who work with the parents and family members of college students.
Brownlow began her career at Kennesaw State in 2004, serving as the first Coordinator for Residence Life for KSU Place.
“Sharon had a natural rapport with the parents of our residential students, so while still working in Residence Life she created a pilot program to fill the gap during orientation days for parents and family members of our new students,” recalled Michael Sanseviro, associate vice president and dean of students who was the University’s first director of Residence Life, in charge of creating a new housing program at Kennesaw State.
“Through a strategic partnership with Student Success Services, the pilot grew into a full-time role with Sharon as the first coordinator for Parent and Family Programs,” Sanseviro said.
In awarding Brownlow the distinction, Sanseviro said the judges also took note of her problem-solving abilities during Kennesaw State’s recent consolidation with the former Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU).
“SPSU did not have a developed parent program,” he said, “so Sharon acted quickly even before we officially became one new university to ensure parent programs were available on that campus as well.”
-- Robert S. Godlewski
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.