Medaille University Appoints Kenya Hobbs as Interim Vice President for Student Development, Promotes Dr. Mary Todd to Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Grants

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Medaille University Appoints Kenya Hobbs as Interim Vice President for Student Development, Promotes Dr. Mary Todd to Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Grants

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Kenya Hobbs

Medaille University has announced the appointment of Kenya K. Hobbs as interim vice president for student development, effective July 1. Hobbs, who previously served as Medaille’s vice president for diversity, equity & inclusion, will now be responsible for leading initiatives that support academic programs, seeking to maximize the overall student experience and assisting in creating a learning-centered campus environment. Within a campus culture geared toward continuous improvement and reflective practice, Hobbs will work closely with other offices to enhance student success initiatives and to support numerous enrollment management functions. He will also continue to oversee diversity programs and services at Medaille, and will help create opportunities to engage in discussions with diverse others inside and outside the classroom, promoting and contributing to an inclusive campus environment.

“I applaud Kenya for his willingness to assume this new, expanded role in his continued service and dedication to the Medaille community,” says Medaille University Interim President Lori V. Quigley, Ph.D. “I am confident he will serve our students, faculty and staff well.”

In addition to expanding student development and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at the University, Hobbs serves as the Title IX coordinator and co-director of the Honors Program. He also serves as the founding chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity Equity and Inclusion, as well as co-chair of the Minority Faculty and Staff Council at Medaille. He is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) through the National Diversity Council, is certified in conflict resolution from Cornell University, and is certified in standards of professional practice for chief diversity officers from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. He is also an honored member of the 2020 Class of Black Achiever awardees. 

“I am thrilled to now serve as the interim vice president for student development,” says Hobbs. “The intentionality of Medaille’s efforts to advance our advocacy in the diversity, equity and inclusion space is further exemplified by this move to bring these two vital departments together. Moving forward, we will continue to work on enhancing the student experience through the creation of inclusive leadership opportunities that deliberately invest in strengthening an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment.”

Dr. Mary Todd

Also effective as of July 1, Mary M. Todd, Ph.D., has been promoted to the position of vice president for institutional effectiveness, research & grants. In her new role, Dr. Todd will be responsible for working closely with senior leadership on matters of key operational priorities, and she will oversee data collection, data analysis and research for the institution. She will also oversee grant activities and mandated reporting, will ensure assessment schedules are implemented and that institutional assessment programs represent contemporary best practices, and will direct university-wide institutional effectiveness initiatives. Through collaboration and communication with key campus constituents, Dr. Todd will be responsible for research projects, campus assessment initiatives, analysis and reporting of institutional assessment data, generation of internal and external reports, and monitoring campus accountability and assessment measures. Additionally, she will provide assistance in the development of the University’s new strategic plan, strategic plan updates, annual assessment plans, reviews of annual assessment/performance indicators and recommendations of budget priorities based on assessment/performance results. 

“Now is an important time for the Medaille campus community to unite and strategically serve our students and community,” says Dr. Todd. “Medaille is committed to understanding and responding to needs and helping our students succeed. My role will involve using institutional research and assessment to inform strategic planning and actions on campus. Data-informed decision making across all areas of the University will ensure quality opportunities for student learning and efficient, effective collaborations. I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this important role.” 

“The Medaille Board of Trustees and I fully support Mary’s transition into this new leadership position as she continues to support critical university functions,” says Dr. Quigley.

Both Hobbs and Dr. Todd will serve as members of the President’s Senior Leadership Team and Cabinet, and the Medaille community is grateful for their continued dedication and service.

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