Filter Post Format:

Cal Poly Pomona names new AVP for Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Cruz-Soto Jr. to begin July 10

K&A is pleased to announce another successful placement at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Thomas Cruz-Soto Jr., associate dean of student life at Colgate University, will make the cross-country move to begin in California on July 10th.

From the announcement; “Through effective student-engagement practices, Dr. Cruz-Soto has a demonstrated history of creating and leading initiatives that enhance the educational experiences of students,” said Lea Jarnagin, vice president of the Division of Student Affairs. “He brings a distinguished record of commitment to the core values of access, diversity, equity and inclusion as key principles in achieving institutional objectives. In addition, he has served as an integral leader in the development of major campus events, faculty and staff engagement, and fundraising to support student life.”

A link to the full announcement can be found here.

Dr. Paine contributes to Institutional Research Publication

Dr. Gage Paine, Senior Consultant at Keeling & Associates, was recently published in New Directions for Institutional Research. The title of her monograph is “Legal Considerations for Assessment and Insitutional Research Leaders” and can be found here.


She writes; “Education and law are quite distinct practices and have very different purposes. As the chapters in this monograph point out, for university administrators to do their jobs effectively, it is important to have a clear understanding of the ways education and law differ, the appropriate use of legal advice in educational decision making, and the most effective methods for achieving our educational goals without running afoul of the law. “Let’s call the lawyers!” Is rarely an educator’s enthusiastic response when faced with a potential roadblock caused by institutional policies or legal questions.”


To read more on this topic, follow the link above to purchase access to this chapter. 

University of Redlands appoints Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Donna M. Eddleman is announced for position

“Following a national search, the University of Redlands has announced the appointment of Dr. Donna M. Eddleman as University dean of student affairs, effective August 7.  

“Donna joins us as the first new dean to lead student affairs in 36 years, and thus, her appointment is historic in the life of the University,” said Ralph Kuncl, president of the U of R. “In Donna I foresee a dean, student advocate, and senior leader who will both look back at where we have come from, and forge forward with vision, strategy, and integrity to be a transformative leader in this new era for our students and for student affairs staff.” 


Read the full article here.

NDIR Article on Enhancing Decision Support for Military-Connected Students Dr. Andrew Morse

Dr. Morse of Keeling & Associates, and Dani Molina, Director of the Student Veteran Success Center at CSU – Los Angeles co-authored a chapter in NDIR. This chapter discusses how understanding differences between National Guard members, reservists, active duty personnel, and veterans in higher education can better inform institutional evidence-based decision making to support military connected individuals’ college access and success.


View article here (subscription may be required)

University of Alabama Search Complete! Dr. Toti Perez accepts offer for AVP - Student Health and Wellbeing

From the Office of the Vice President of the University of Alabama;
“Dr. Perez comes to UA from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he has served as director of the Counseling Center since 2005. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he spearheaded new initiatives for alcohol abuse and recovery, suicide education and prevention, and peer counseling that have made lasting footprints at the institution. Most recently, Dr. Perez and his team have earned recognition for their implementation of Tech Ends Suicide Together, a zero suicide project on their campus. Prior to his time at Georgia Tech, he served as a clinical services director and adjunct professor at both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.

Dr. Perez earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and theology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston College. He received a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He currently holds licensure as a psychologist and National Register Health Service Provider in Psychology in Florida and Georgia. Throughout his career, Dr. Perez has been a recognized scholar and lecturer in the mental health community and has held a number of high ranking leadership positions in professional health organizations. He was recognized as a Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in 2013 and as a Fellow by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008.

Dr. Perez presents a robust research background in the fields of counseling psychology, management strategies, intervention programming, racial and gender identities, as well as inclusivity in mental health. His student development experience at comparable institutions offers innumerable opportunities for advancing our strategic priorities within the Division of Student Life. I am confident that he possesses the leadership, vision, and energy necessary to bring partners together from inside the Division and across the campus community to realize our vision of positioning UA as a national leader in college behavioral health.”

More information can be found at
Learn more about K&A Search opportunities at

K&A is Expecting! Dr. John Stafford to Join K&A in June

We are growing our little family again, with the addition of Dr. John Stafford to the team as Consultant and Project Director. Dr. Stafford will join K&A on June 1, 2017.

Dr. Stafford comes from Immaculata University near Philadelphia, PA, where he has served as Vice President for Student Development and Engagement for the last three years after being Dean of Students for 11. As Immaculata’s senior student affairs officer, his portfolio included athletics, campus safety, residence life and housing, student activities, and student wellness. His leadership and breadth of expertise in a wide variety of areas — including assessment, student affairs, health and counseling, and cultural programs — adds both breadth and depth to the K&A team.

Dr. Stafford earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Theatre Arts from Lenior-Rhyne University in North Carolina, a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administrative Leadership from Widener University.

We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Stafford to our team and look forward to his collaboration with clients and colleagues on Change for Learning.

K&A in Organization and Administration in Higher Education Dr. Andrew Morse Publishes Chapter on Title IX

Dr. Andrew Morse, Consultant and Project Director at K&A, and Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy at NASPA, co-authored a book chapter recently published in Organization and Administration in Higher Education.

The book chapter offers discussion on current issues in complying with Title IX’s intent to prevent and address discrimination based on sex in educational settings, examines the developing and intersecting role of the states, and offers considerations for leaders to manage their departments and divisions in a constantly changing legal landscape.

The book can be purchased here, and is published by Routledge.


NASPA17 Day 3- Monday 3/13/2017

#NASPA17 – Monday, 3/13/2017

K&A participated or lead three educational sessions during the first full day of the NASPA17 conference. The three sessions were; How Student Affairs Strengthens Institutional Strategic Plans Successful strategic plans recognize the essential partnership of Student and Academic Affairs in a whole campus approach to supporting student engagement, learning, and success. Strategic planning is a powerful opportunity to create a practical vision for the future; strong, student centered plans include structured approaches to integrating learning across the student experience. Those plans define how Student Affairs will contribute to the plan’s—and the campus’ and students’—success.



NASPA17 Days 1+2 Storify of Our Time at NASPA

#NASPA17 Day One (March 11/12, 2017)

Snowstorm, Workshop, Many Miles, Luncheon, Anderson Cooper. 48+ hours of amazing learning, team building, and sharing with the #NASPA17 community. So happy to be a part of this! Here is just a *taste* of the first weekend…

K&A at #NASPA17 March 11-15, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

In just a few short days, ten members of the K&A team will descend on San Antonio to lead 6 educational sessions at the annual conference for Student Affairs Professionals. For a list of where they’ll be, what they’ll talk about, and who else is coming, check out this program we made.