Dr. Kevin Kehl, director of First Year Experience and academic resources in the University’s Center for Student Success, was named dean of the center effective Aug. 1.
As dean, Kehl will oversee the numerous functions of the center, which includes areas of academic advising and resources, ADVANCE, career services, disabilities services, First Year Experience, Multicultural Student Services, TRIO McNair Scholars, TRIO Student Support Services, and TRIO Upward Bound among many other services, resources and programs.
Kehl succeeds Dr. Todd Patten, who will be returning to a full-time faculty position in the Cannon-Clary College of Education’s professional counseling program in the fall. Kehl joined the Harding faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor in the College of Bible and Ministry in addition to his role in the Center for Student Success.
“Kevin possesses a wealth of experience along with proven leadership abilities, and I am excited to have him serve in this capacity,” Executive Vice President David Collins said.
Prior to joining the Harding faculty, Kehl served as the executive director for the Center for International Education at Abilene (Texas) Christian University. He was also academic coordinator of ACU’s McNair Scholars program in addition to having years of experience in international mission work.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University, a Master of Science in educational psychology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Harding School of Theology, and a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Baylor University.