Meet the Staff
Effective June 1, 2014, Joy took on the position of Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development. Joy is an alumna of Centre College, and has her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She has worked in the career center at Centre College for 15 years. Before coming to Centre, she was the Director of Graduate Employment Services at Spencerian College, and while a graduate student, interned at the University of Kentucky Career Center. She is active in the National and Southern region of the Association of Colleges and Employers and is the Past-President for the Kentucky Career Development Association. She is certified as a Master Career Specialist.
Kirk Knott joined the Center for Career & Professional Development as Associate Director in Sept. 2014. In this role, Kirk provides comprehensive career counseling to students and alumni in Division II (Social Studies) and to all undecided students, and will be creating and managing a Peer Educator program. Kirk comes to us from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where he has worked as both a career counselor and a faculty member. Kirk has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and English from the University of Texas, and a Master of Education in community counseling from Texas Tech University.
Morgan McKenzie joins the Center for Career & Professional Development on Sept. 17, 2014 as Employer Relations Specialist. In this newly-created role, Morgan will oversee all aspects of employer engagement for the Center for Career & Professional Development and will work to engage alumni, parents, and employers in establishing relationships dedicated to connecting students with internship and job opportunities. Morgan comes to us from the Graham Office of Career Management in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. Morgan has a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Kentucky, and is currently working toward her M.B.A. at Murray State University.
Mindy Wilson joined the Center for Career & Professional Development in 2004 as the Internship & Outreach Coordinator. As the Assistant Director, she coordinates Centre’s internship programs as well as provides comprehensive career counseling to Humanities students and alumni. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Spanish at Point Loma Nazarene University and her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003.
The Peer Educator program is a leadership program for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in promoting the mission of the Center for Career & Professional Development while developing their own communication skills and gaining valuable experience. The purpose of the Peer Educator program is to provide Centre students with peer-to-peer, front-line services in the Center for Career & Professional Development. Peer Educators are trained to provide information and guidance on resume and cover letter writing, internship policies and funding, and job search and graduate school research, and are available to give presentations on an array of career-related topics to campus organizations. Please contact Kirk Knott for any questions related to the Peer Educator program.
Peer Educator Fall Drop-In Hours:
Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fridays: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30pm
The Career Ambassador Program is a leadership program for current Centre students who are interested in promoting the mission of the Center for Career & Professional Development while actively serving as a liaison between the Center for Career & Professional Development and the campus community. The purpose of the Career Ambassador Program is to provide targeted marketing to students on a peer-to-peer level. Career Ambassadors are trained to present on a variety of our office’s programs and services, assist with student outreach, assist with employer relations for the office, and to promote the importance of early and continuous career planning and preparation. Please contact Morgan McKenzie for any questions related to the Career Ambassador program.
Assigned Career Counselors
Each student is assigned to a career counselor for personalized attention throughout their time at Centre based on major. Students meet with their career counselor at least once a term. Students with majors in Division I (Humanities) are assigned to Mindy Wilson. Students with majors in Division II (Social Studies) are assigned to Kirk Knott. Students with majors in Division III are assigned to Joy Asher. Undeclared students will work with Kirk Knott until they are able to identifiy with a major. Career counselors can help with anything career-related including choosing a major; gathering career information; and applying to jobs, internships, and graduate school.
Contact the Center for Career & Professional Development
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.