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Keryn Vickers Named WCE Director of Student Advising

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Keryn Vickers ’21Ed.D joined the Watson College of Education Office of Student Advising and Integrated Leadership (SAIL) in May as the Inaugural Director of Student Advising. He began his academic career over 20 years ago at DePauw University, advising, coaching, and mentoring students and leading a community non-profit organization. Dr. Vickers has served students at UNCW since 2006, as Assistant Director of Admissions, an Academic Advisor and most recently as Interim Coordinator of UNCW’s University College.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Vickers to the WCE Academic Affairs and Student Affairs team,” said WCE Associate Dean Angela Housand. “He comes to us from University College where he led retention efforts, participated as a founding member of the UC Equity and Inclusion Council, and was serving in the role of Interim Coordinator. His experiences include training and management of professional advisors, service on the Chancellor’s Student Success Committee and Academic Advising Council, as well as diversity recruitment - just to name a few. Keryn has already proven himself to be a valuable member of the team and we are looking forward to all the ways he will support the success of our students and enhance the work we do in the Watson College of Education.”

Dr. Vickers is passionate about education and strategically implements diverse, high impact and best practices or services that support all students' holistic development. A native New Yorker, he earned a BA in Communication Arts and Sciences from DePauw University in Indiana, a master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Management from Indiana State University and a doctorate in Education Leadership with a specialization in higher education from the Watson College of Education in May 2021.

“I am looking forward to being a servant leader for our students by working with my dynamic team of seasoned advisors, the WCE leadership team, and our faculty, staff, and administrators,” Vickers said. “Together, we will help foster exceptional retention, persistence, and engagement initiatives for diverse WCE students who are our future educators.”

“We are in the business of educating, and it is this education that opens the door to a world of endless possibilities,” he said. “Watson not only stands at the threshold and welcomes students in but provides exceptional advising, teaching, research and service opportunities, and access to resources, which prepares students for an increasingly competitive global economy and teacher workforce.  Therefore, I am blessed to have the pleasure of shaping our student's developmental process, privileged to be a part of their educational journey, and honored to celebrate their milestones, accomplishments, graduation, and ultimate placement in school systems worldwide.”