June 9, 2021

Kia McKinnie named inaugural director of academic success program

After a nationwide search, the Office of Student Academic Success at Ohio State is pleased to announce that Kia McKinnie, a talented leader and accomplished student success and access advocate, will be the inaugural director of academic success programs, starting July 6, 2021.

McKinnie comes to OSAS’s Transition and Academic Growth team from the College of Education and Human Ecology, where she currently serves as director of undergraduate student recruitment, retention and student engagement. In her current role, McKinnie oversees EHE’s recruitment, retention and engagement efforts. She has also developed strategic recruitment and retention plans, with a targeted focus on underserved student populations.

“Kia is a talented leader who is committed to supporting student access and success,” said Dr. Beth Hume, vice provost for Student Academic Success. “We’re so excited to have her join our Transition and Academic Growth team as our inaugural director of academic success programs.”

McKinnie joined Ohio State in 2008. Prior to her current role, McKinnie worked for EHE in a number of other positions, including director of undergraduate student recruitment, associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Student Services and academic advisor. She also worked at Columbus State Community College, where she supported student success as an academic advisor.

McKinnie is an Akron, Ohio, native and a proud first-generation college graduate from a low-income family. She participated in an Upward Bound program as a high school student and later went on to work with students in that same program. That experience was transformative and fueled her career path.

“Access was my primary reason for coming to higher ed,” McKinnie said.

McKinnie earned her bachelor’s degree in child development and a Master of Education from The University of Akron. She will graduate with her Doctor of Education from Ohio State in December 2021. Her accolades include the 2017 EHE Susan La Flesche Picotte Award Winner, the 2016 EHE Diversity Enhancement Award Winner and 2016 Who’s Who in Black Columbus-Emerging Leaders.

She said she’s looking forward to joining OSAS and leading what she called “a team of rockstars.”

“To be a part of a team that is going to change the way we support students on campus, that’s a dream come true,” she said.