AMHERST, Mass. – Jean Kim, a student affairs administrator with more than 35 years of experience, has been named interim vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
UMass Amherst Chancellor Robert C. Holub chose Kim to the fill the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime professor and campus administrator Esther Terry, who served as interim vice chancellor since 2008. During Kim’s one-year appointment, which starts July 1, a national search will be conducted for the permanent post. Kim is a UMass Amherst alumna who launched her career in student affairs at the university’s flagship campus. Kim said she plans to apply for the permanent position.
Kim most recently served as vice chancellor for student affairs at UMass Dartmouth, where she oversaw 17 departments and an annual budget of $40 million.
“UMass Amherst will be very fortunate to draw upon Jean Kim’s extensive experience in student affairs,” said Holub. “Her familiarity with our campus and her leadership skills will ensure that our student affairs units will continue to provide outstanding service during the coming academic year.”
Kim said, “I am very happy to have this opportunity to give back to the UMass Amherst campus that has given me a terrific, first-rate, transformative education and where my career in higher education administration began. I am excited to work with Chancellor Holub, his leadership team, students, and a fine group of student affairs staff in contributing to the realization of the university’s strategic aspirations.”
After completing her B.A. in sociology at UMass Amherst in 1973, Kim served as a senior head of residence from 1974-78 in John Quincy Adams Tower and assistant director of Southwest Residential College in 1978-79. She also worked as assistant director of the Student Development and Counseling Center at UMass Amherst from 1979-81. During those years, she also completed her master’s degree in sociology and doctorate in counseling psychology at UMass Amherst.
Subsequently, Kim served as director of student development at Western New England College in Springfield; assistant dean of student affairs for graduate student affairs and director of graduate residences at Stanford University; vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Hartford; vice chancellor for student affairs at the 25,000-student University of Colorado at Boulder; vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash, and vice chancellor for student affairs at UMass Dartmouth.
During her service in Colorado, Kim led 20 departments with an $80 million budget and 1,200 staff. Her accomplishments included the development of a strategic enrollment management plan and securing an $869,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reduce high-risk drinking on campus.
Kim has also been an instructor at the UMass Amherst School of Education and the department of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado. She was an adjunct faculty member in the business school at Western New England College.
Throughout her career, she has also been a consultant to corporations, higher education institutions and organizations on issues such as career development, multicultural workforce management, cross cultural communication, leadership and organizational climate assessment.