Oct 12, 2012    #130
Contact: John Martellaro

New Assistant Dean Named for UMKC School of Education

A veteran administrator with experience in student recruiting, retention and success has joined the staff of the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Renique T. Kersh, formerly assistant dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, has been named assistant dean for Student Services and Enrollment Management in the School of Education. At both the University of Illinois and at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., she worked in a variety of roles focused on helping students successfully manage the transition to the demands of higher education.

At UMKC, she will lead efforts in recruitment, admissions, enrollment, academic advising and orientation activities for teacher education programs; and student-centered class scheduling, scholarships, certification and student retention programs for the entire School of Education.

Kersh holds an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland and is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Research interests include the health of African American female administrators at predominantly White institutions, particularly as it relates to stress and coping.

Kersh replaced Dr. Ginny Miller, who retired in May. Miller joined the School of Education in 2003 as director of Continuing Education and in 2006 was named assistant dean, a role where she also initiated outreach activities with area schools and districts and supervised Student Services and Continuing Education.

Kersh is actively involved in the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators and the National Academic Advising Association. She and her family make their home in Kansas City.

About the UMKC School of Education

The mission of the UMKC School of Education is to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America's diverse urban communities. The School aspires to provide for an increasing diversity of educational specialists who are grounded in both theory and practice and can deal effectively with the problems and needs of a culturally, socially and politically diverse society. For more information about the UMKC School of Education, visit

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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