Kyle Barron has been named assistant vice president for Student Services at Volunteer State Community College. He comes most recently from Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green, KY, where he held the position of director of Student Life and Engagement.
"Being from Bowling Green, I knew about Vol State and the reputation it has in the community,” Barron said. “The students-first philosophy aligns well with my personal beliefs about student success.”
Barron is a first-generation college student and community college graduate. He said that perspective helps when considering what community college students need to succeed.
“Retention of students, in many different areas, will be a big focus for me. That can come in the area of career. It helps when students know about job possibilities and how they can get there. I want to look at tailoring events to better engage students, so they stay with college and walk across that stage someday to get their diploma.”
Barron has an associate of arts degree from Richland College, a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Education: Higher Education degree, also from the University of North Texas. He has completed his work for an EdD degree from the University of Kentucky. His dissertation title is “It’s Not the Program, It’s the People: Building Human Levers of Retention in Community Colleges.” He expects to receive the degree in May.
For more information about Vol State visit www.volstate.edu