KU News Release

Sept. 21, 2011
Contact: Joe Monaco, KU News Service, 785-864-7100

KU names new senior recruitment and outreach coordinator based out of Garden City

GARDEN CITY — Recruiting the best students – including students of diverse backgrounds and from all regions of Kansas – remains a top priority for the University of Kansas. To support this goal, KU has named Megan Kinney to the position of senior recruitment and outreach coordinator for western Kansas.

In her role, Kinney will coordinate all recruitment and outreach activities for KU in western Kansas, covering more than 30 counties. Based out of Garden City, she will interface with nearly 50 high schools and four community colleges, working directly with guidance counselors, parents and students interested in KU. Kinney will help students and parents throughout the recruitment process – which includes everything from choosing KU, to applying for admission, to understanding financial aid and scholarships.

While Kinney will be a point of contact for any student or parent considering KU, the position will have a special emphasis on recruiting diverse, low-income and first-generation students.

“KU strives to recruit the best students, including those of diverse backgrounds and from traditionally under-represented groups,” said Fred Rodriguez, KU’s vice provost for diversity and equity. “Megan brings incredible energy and talent to this position, and we’re excited to have her serving as the point-of-contact for KU recruitment and outreach efforts in western Kansas. I have no doubt that students, parents, guidance counselors and educators will be better connected to KU with her in this position.”

Kinney will report to Rodriguez and to the Office of Admissions. She will also coordinate with the KU Alumni Association and KU Continuing Education.

Kinney comes to KU from Garden City Community College, where she served as educational talent search adviser. Prior to that, she worked at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City and at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence. A native of Garden City, she graduated from KU in May 2009 with a bachelor’s in education.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for this position,” Kinney said. “As a KU grad, I’m familiar with all the university has to offer, and I look forward to conveying those assets to students and parents. And as a Garden City native, I’m familiar with western Kansas and the incredible pool of talented students here. I look forward to helping KU recruit the best and brightest from throughout Kansas.”

Kinney’s office will be located at:

KUMC Area Health Education Centers
302 Fleming, Suite #4
Garden City, KS 67846-6165

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