Clark State appoints new vice president of student affairs

Clark State Community College has appointed Dr. Dawayne Kirkman as the new vice president of student affairs, according to a release from the college.

“In the 58-plus years since Clark State opened its doors, the institution’s contributions to student and community success have been beyond noteworthy,” Kirkman said. “For these reasons, I am excited about the opportunity to be an Eagle and to serve at an institution that has given this community so much.”

Kirkman will join the college on Jan. 11, 2021 from Sinclair Community College where he served as regional centers assistant vice president and onsite leader of Sinclair in Centerville.

“Dr. Kirkman is familiar with our service area and the demographic challenges we face. He is also deeply committed to work around diversity, equity and inclusion, having led several Achieving the Dream initiatives while at Sinclair,” said President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin. “His understanding of all aspects of student affairs is impressive, and I was particularly struck by his work at additional Sinclair locations and his knowledge of accreditation and co-curricular assessment.”

Kirkman said he will work hard for students and will “see them, hear them and work alongside them.”

“I have vision and strategies that can be catalysts for success in equity, enrollment, retention and student success at Clark State,” he said. “I believe I have the proven ability to help students and employees find and know their ‘why.’ I am excited about working with a team that will help close the equity gap, connect with enrollment, create moments that contribute to completion and collaborate with regional campuses, workforce development and communities.”

Blondin said Kirkman will also be a strategic team member in Executive Council, especially in his collaboration with academic affairs and his work with marketing to ensure growth in enrollment, retention and completion.

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