Director of Transfer Recruitment & Retention, Office of Transfer Admissions & Engagement, Appalachian State University
In her role at Appalachian State University, Kim leads a team that recruits, engages, and retains transfer students. One-quarter of the undergraduate population at App State began as transfer students, and the office of Transfer Admissions and Engagement recruits future students through community college visits, innovative transfer pathway programs, and admission counseling and pre-transfer advising. The work doesn’t end once the students are enrolled, however, and Kim’s team collaborates with campus partners to coordinate orientation and welcome weekend events, provides community in a transfer residence hall that doubles as a Transfer Students Center, and plans and hosts transfer-specific programming throughout the semester to help transfer students connect both socially and with campus support services in their new environment. Working with both Transfer Student Mentors and Faculty Transfer Mentors, Kim provides transfer students with the resources, support and advocacy they need for success at Appalachian. She also chairs the Transfer Services Team, which is a campus-wide advisory board where faculty, staff, and students identify and address transfer student needs. Kim has spent 25 years in higher education, including 10 years at a community college, where she first began working with students starting the transfer process.