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Dr. James (Jim) E. Selbe photo Alumni Spotlight


Dr. James (Jim) E. Selbe

President/CEO, Hopkinsville Community College, Hopkinsville, KY

Master of Science, Dec. 1984; Doctor of Education, Dec. 1995

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Leadership Alumni

Dr. Brian W. Meredith Dr. Brian W. Meredith
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Western Kentucky University
Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education

Why did you choose Higher and Adult Education?

I chose a degree in Higher and Adult education for many reasons. Personally, my college experience was a very rewarding time in my life. I grew intellectually and learned lifelong skills through interactions with faculty and saturating myself into the campus culture. My desire to be a college administrator was driven by the desire to create such enriching college experiences for others.

How did this degree prepare you or improve your preparation for your current role?

The degree prepared me with a theoretical framework for administration. My current role calls for a strong understanding of student development theory as well as an appreciation of current administrative practices. My graduate studies provided me the opportunity to also study relevant research and how it relates to practical daily application.

What impact has your degree had on your life or career?

The completion of the doctorate provided me with not only a strong educational background but the credentials to be successful within the college setting. I am fortunate to have worked with such great faculty who not only challenged me but supported my development as a professional within higher education.

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