KU News Release


Jan. 31, 2011
Contact: Marlesa Roney, Student Success, 785-864-4060

Student Success names two interim positions

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LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Vice Provost Marlesa Roney announced today two interim positions within Student Success.

Tammara Durham, director of the University Advising Center, has been named interim associate vice provost for Student Success. Diann Burright, senior associate director of the University Advising Center, will serve as interim director in Durham’s place. Both appointments are effective immediately.

Durham will occupy the post to be vacated by Lori Reesor, who recently accepted a position at the University of North Dakota as vice president for student affairs.

“We congratulate Lori on her new venture and wish her all the best,” said Roney. “I’m very excited about Tammara and Diann’s new appointments because of the talent and skills both individuals provide Student Success.”

As interim associate vice provost for Student Success, Durham will lead the Academic and Student Life Center, which includes the Academic Achievement and Access Center, KU Writing Center, New Student Orientation, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Involvement and Leadership Center, University Advising Center and University Career Center.

“I am looking forward to stepping into this new leadership role, which will allow me to make an even greater impact on the lives of KU students,” said Durham. “Helping students succeed has always been a personal mission for me.”

Durham earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Missouri State University and a doctorate from KU. She has held the position of University Advising Center director since 2004 and joined KU in 1998 as assistant director of the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center.

Burright brings strong administrative experience to her new post, having worked in higher education for almost 18 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University. She joined KU in 2004 as associate director of the University Advising Center and became senior associate director in 2009.

“This is a great opportunity for me to continue a high-level of advising service to KU students and collaboration with our advising partners across campus,” Burright said. “I’m looking forward to my new responsibilities and appreciate the support of my office and Student Success colleagues.”

Student Success is the university’s comprehensive student services organization that assists students in achieving their academic and personal goals. Student Success provides services and programs through three centers, including recruitment and enrollment, academic and student life, and wellness.


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