Dr. Kenney Named 2019 ACPA Diamond Honoree

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dr. Kelley Kenney, professor and director of Student Affairs in Higher Education at Kutztown University, has been named a 2019 ACPA Diamond Honoree by College Student Educators International.

Kenney will be recognized as a Diamond Honoree at the ACPA 2019 Annual Convention on March 3-6, in Boston, Mass.

According to the ACPA Foundation website, ACPA exists to provide philanthropic support for the initiatives of ACPA College Student Educators International that generate and disseminate research and scholarship about college students and further the professional development of student affairs and student service professionals.  

The Diamond Honoree Program, which was established in 1999, recognizes colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to ACPA, student affairs and services, and higher education, as well as provides an opportunity to raise funds for future work and scholarship.  

Specifically, those nominated for consideration are recognized for outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and student affairs. They may be former leaders of the profession, supervisors, teachers, or anyone who has had a continued and significant influence on the quality of college students' experience. The Diamond Honoree program has generated nearly $500,000 in support of the work of the Foundation and ACPA.   

Kenney has been with KU since 1984 serving in the University Counseling Services, the Advisement Center for Undeclared Students, the Graduate Department of Counseling and Human Services, and the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program of the College of Education. While at KU, Dr. Kenney has also served in affiliate faculty roles at Chestnut Hill College, Lehigh University, Johns Hopkins University and Antioch University - Seattle.

Kenney has been an active member of both the student affairs and counseling professions and has served in multiple state, regional, national, and international volunteer and leadership roles for the American College Personnel Association, the American Counseling Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Kenney's scholarly agenda is focused upon diversity, inclusion and social justice with specific attention to multiracial individuals, couples, and families, including transracial adoptees and families. She has published and presented extensively, conducted consultations and trainings, and been the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her advocacy, service and work addressing the issues and concerns of the multiracial population.   

Kenney earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology of Human Relations from Mansfield University and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. She earned a Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education with specializations in Higher Education, Human Development, and Marital and Family Therapy from The George Washington University.