This year has brought a lot of changes to the Denison administration due to a couple of retirements. After piles of applications, meetings, and panels (where students got to learn more about the final candidates and ask them questions), hiring committees have appointed familiar faces from various corners of campus to bring their expertise to Doane administration. Although our retiring administrative veterans have left big shoes to fill, we’re sure that their successors are up for the challenge. Introducing …
Laurel Kennedy, Vice President of Student Affairs
Kennedy came to Denison as a visiting lecturer in communication in 1988. She was chosen from more than 100 candidates in a national search to replace Sam Thios, who is retiring in May after 38 years at Denison.
Kennedy earned her B.A. in communication arts and film from the University of Wisconsin, an M.A. in communication policy from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in international communication from Ohio University. After her lecturer role, she was soon appointed assistant professor in the communication department, earning tenure and serving as chair of the department for six years. One of her most influential roles was as dean of first-year students, in which she transformed the first-year program. Kennedy is currently the director of the John W. Alford Center for Service Learning.
Kim Coplin ‘85, Associate Provost
Kim Coplin has been selected to replace retiring associate provost Keith Boone, who held the position for 23 years. Coplin holds a master’s from Johns Hopkins University and earned her Ph.D from The Ohio State University. Coplin returned to Denison in 1993 as an assistant professor in physics and, in 2000, was promoted to associate professor. In 2006, Coplin joined the provost’s office on a three-year appointment as a rotating associate provost. She is also an adviser to the Denison Christian Community student organization, and she served on the self-steering committee of the Denison Self-Study for Accreditation in 2009. With Boone’s retirement, the provost’s office is seeing other changes–Coplin is joined by Susan Paun de García of Modern Languages and Toni King of the Black Studies and Women’s Studies programs. The pair are rotating associate provosts working to guide campus on issues of diversity and faculty development.