About Kim Kerrigan
Hello! My name is Kim Kerrigan and I’m the newest Student Success Advisor for
the TRiO-SSS Program, here at Medaille College, having started in August 2021. I’m extremely
passionate about helping college students succeed and very excited and thrilled to be here.
I grew up in Amherst, New York; however, I moved out west and ended up staying for 26 years. I
received my undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University, with a Bachelors of Science in
Agriculture, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, with a specialty in Range Management. I worked
for the U.S. Forest Service for many years, and lived in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado,
before returning back to Amherst about 12 years ago. Upon my return, I worked at several local colleges
and decided to go back to school, where I received my Master’s degree in Executive Leadership and
Change, with a specialty in Higher Education, from Daemen College.
I love spending time with my family - my husband (Mike) of 27 years, our son Louie, our daughter
Johannah, and our very goofy, black lab - Moose. I also love to exercise, read, travel, paint (and many
other creative hobbies), theater, and gardening.
Although I’ve always been a life-long learner, school never came easy for me and I faced many
difficulties and challenges along the way, including being a first-generation student. However, throughout
my journey, I learned to never give up, always have dreams, and try the very best that I could to achieve
my dreams. While I was completing my master’s degree, I realized that I wanted to take my past
experiences and knowledge of college and give back, by helping college students navigate academics,
fulfill THEIR dreams, and support them to succeed throughout their entire college journey, persisting to
graduation, and for many years to come.
I look forward to helping students succeed and thrive.
Master of Science in Executive Leadership and Change, with a specialization in higher education. 2015. Daemen College. Amherst, New York.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, with a major in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a specialization in Range Management. 1987. New Mexico State University. Las Cruces, New Mexico.
My Values and How They Inform My Career
My values include: kindness, integrity, service-minded, listening (to hear, not just to respond), patience, creativity, empathy, and hard work. These values shape how I interact with my students in order to help them the best that I can.
One Thing Most People Don't Know About Me
I started as a backstage Mom and worked my way up to Props Master, and then to the Costume Director for the yearly high school musicals, at Sweet Home High School, from 2010 - 2019. I did props for Seussical and All Shook Up and I created/designed the costumes for the musicals of: Charlie Brown, Kiss Me Kate, Little Mermaid, Shrek, Mamma Mia, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Something I'm Passionate About
Helping college students to succeed throughout their college years and beyond.
A Lesson I Learned as a College Student
Never give up! I've heard this many, many times but it is so true. I faced many challenges and difficulties throughout my years in college, including being a first-generation student and also changing my major. But! I kept trying and never stopped working towards my dreams, even when my dreams changed.
Advice I Wish to Pass on to Medaille Students
Don't be afraid to ask for help!! Medaille College offers numerous resources to help students. Use as many of these resources as you can to help you navigate your college years and complete your studies through to graduation.