Grant Leadership

  • Dr. John Omanchanu

    Dr. John Omachonu currently serves as Senior Vice Provost in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at Kennesaw State University, a position he has held since July 1, 2015.

    Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Omachonu was the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Murfreesboro, TN since July 1, 2010. At the same institution, Dr. Omachonu held several positions including Associate Dean and Dean of the College of Mass Communication in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Prior to coming to MTSU, Dr. Omachonu held various academic positions in Florida, Georgia, and New Jersey. 

    Dr. Omachonu received his B.S in psychology/zoology, his M.A. in mass communication, and his Ph.D. in mass communication from Howard University, Washington, D.C.

    • Jennifer A. Wade-Berg, Ph.D., CNP

      Jennifer A. Wade-Berg, Ph.D. CNP is an Associate Professor of Human Services and Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate Program.  Her teaching emphasis is nonprofit management.  Her research interests include cultural competence, sports philanthropy, student retention and curriculum mapping. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Wade-Berg is the PI/Program Administrator for two grant funded initiatives:  KSU’s Recruitment, Retention, and Progression to Graduation Program for Hispanic and Latino Students and the Department of Education’s First in the World Grant for KSU’s Transfer Advocate Gateway.  She received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Wesleyan University (CT), and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

      • Dr. Stephanie Foote

        Dr. Stephanie M. Foote is the Director of the Master of Science in First-Year Studies, Professor of Education in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies, Faculty Fellow for High-Impact Practices in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), and Co-Principal Investigator for the Transfer Advocate Gateway (TAG) Program at Kennesaw State University. A recipient of the McGraw-Hill Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars and NODA Outstanding Research award, Dr. Foote’s scholarship and consultative work span a variety of aspects of student development and transition, including: the role of first-year seminars and experiential pedagogy on student engagement in the early college experience; the community college transfer student transition; self-authorship development; engagement and learning in online environments; and high-impact educational practices.

        Dr. Foote is a member of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition National Advisory Board, a faculty member for the Center’s Institute on Developing and Sustaining First-Year Seminars, and developed and has taught the online course, Fostering First-Year Student Success for the Center since 2010. Dr. Foote is also the editor for the Journal of College Orientation and Transition (JCOT).

        Graduation Coaches 

        • Ms. Kristen Kenney

          Ms. Kristen Kenney is from Vermont. She lived in the South Florida area for five years and made her move to Georgia in 2015. Kristen earned her Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies from the Wesley College and a Master's Degree in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to KSU, she worked at Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University.

          • Mr. Chris Lundy

            Mr. Chris Lundy a native of Rome, GA. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. Prior to this position, he held Academic Advising positions at Georgia State and Georgia Southern University and served as a Student Services Specialist at Georgia Highlands College. Before transferring to Jacksonville State, he was a student at Highlands.

            • Ms. Hilary Martin

              Ms. Hilary Martin grew up in Lawrenceville, GA. Hilary earned a Bachelor's in Public Relations and Advertising from Reinhardt University and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Valdosta State University. Before coming to KSU in 2017, she worked at Young Harris College and Reinhardt University.

              • Mrs. Sara Wilgus

                Mrs. Sara Wilgus is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Sara earned an Associate of Applied Business from Owens Community College, a Bachelor of Applied Science from University of Toledo, and a Master of Organizational Leadership from Lourdes University. Before joining Kennesaw State University in 2015, she worked at Owens Community College, Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, and the University of Toledo.

                Enrollment Services Specialist 

                • Chattahoochee Technical College

                  Mr. Jamal Murray

                  Mr. Jamal Murray is a New Jersey native. Jamal earned his Bachelor’s in Biology from Benedict College and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Argosy University. Prior to KSU, he worked at Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) and Georgia Perimeter College (now Perimeter College at Georgia State).