Centre College’s Kendrick Durham was recently promoted to the position of associate dean of student life.
“Kendrick is both creative and detailed oriented all at once,” said Randy Hays, vice president and dean of student life. “His work coordinating our assessment efforts and judicial processes, to handling everything else I could throw at him, showed me that Kendrick was ready to take on this new role and added responsibilities.
“Now starting my 27th year at Centre, it was time for us to have an additional level of administrative support and leadership in the Student Life Office, and Kendrick is the perfect person to handle the challenge,” he continued.
As the associate dean, Durham will oversee the non-academic student conduct process and adjudicate cases of non-academic misconduct, serve as the advisor for the Student Government Association (SGA), oversee departmental assessment for student life, supervise the areas of residence life, community service, campus activities and Greek life, as well as serve as an adjudicator for Title IX cases.
“I am honored to be able to serve in this position,” Durham said. “I have enjoyed my time at Centre, and while I will miss the campus activities portion of my job, I am happy to have been given the opportunity to grow into a new role with new challenges.”
Durham joined the Student Life staff as the director of campus activities in August of 2011, he was later promoted to assistant dean and director of campus activities in 2015. In this position, he oversaw the Student Activities Council, Student Government Association and numerous registered student clubs and organizations. In addition, he supervised the Campus Center student staff along with coordinating the Campus Center facility.
He received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Bellarmine University in Louisville and his master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina.
In addition, the Student Life Office is welcoming Jack Layden as the new director of campus activities & leadership programming.
Layden received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Eckerd College and his master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies: higher education administration from Boston University.
While attending graduate school, Layden worked as a student conduct educator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and served as the inaugural president of the graduate student association for the newly formed Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. He has also worked as an admissions counselor, resident advisor and served as a two-term student body president at his alma mater.
by Kerry Steinhofer
July 15, 2019