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Dr. Kim Owens

Allentown, PA (February 04, 2009)—Dr. Kimberly C. Owens was recently appointed senior executive vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Cedar Crest College. In this position, she will be responsible for areas that include student recruitment, retention, residence life, student activities, and others.

Owens comes to Cedar Crest from Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University, a self-contained, four-year, women-centered learning community within the university that focuses on developing women's success in an increasingly diverse, competitive, and global public arena. At Douglass, Owens most recently served as acting dean of students. Prior to that, she was assistant dean/director of the Office of Recruitment and New Student Programs. Cedar Crest College’s president, Carmen Twillie Ambar, also came to the College from Douglass, where she served as Dean of the College.

 “I am so pleased to be able to join the Cedar Crest College community at this exciting time. While today’s young women have much more opportunity than when Cedar Crest was founded, I believe the need for a College dedicated to the leadership of women remains incredibly relevant and strong. Women are still greatly underrepresented in many professions, and there is still a large gap in pay equity between men and women,” she said. “My previous positions and work at a women’s college have prepared me for Cedar Crest and I look forward to working with the Cedar Crest community as we build together a women’s college for the 21st century.”

Cedar Crest President Carmen Twillie Ambar said Owens is the right person for the job.

“Dr. Owens brings the perfect combination of experience and energy to our enrollment and student affairs programs,” said President Ambar. “I know from her work at Douglass that she will be a great role model for the young women of Cedar Crest and she will work hard not only to bring qualified women to the College, but will also partner with the student affairs staff to develop programming that provides the tools and training for our students to become leaders in our increasingly globalized society.”

Owens holds a B.A. in psychology and English, and her master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology from Rutgers University. She resides in Allentown.


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