Nicole Kotlan, Ph.D., Senior Director, Student Progression and College Operations.
Nicole provides leadership and development of administrative and operational activities and programs related to University College including assessment, grant and award applications, marketing and philanthropy efforts, staff development and recognition. Additionally, Nicole’s focuses her time on initiatives dedicated to leading the multi-year retention strategic initiatives (Retention Task Force: Route to Retention) and persistence strategic initiatives for the Kent campus undergraduate students.
Nicole co-advises University College Student Ambassador program. The Ambassador program is a council for students representing all departments in University College. The Ambassadors represent University College at programs and events, contribute to social media, and participate in professional development activities.
Under Nicole’s leadership (2015-2022), the Exploratory Program has been nationally recognized for best practices that guide students through career, major, and exploration. Recognition includes Outstanding Advising Program Award (NACADA, 2021 & 2022), Advising Innovation Award (NACADA, 2022), Excellence Award Gold (NASPA 2022), Excellence Award Bronze (NASPA, 2021), Innovation in Advising Award (NACADA Region 5, 2021 and 2022), and Innovative Program Award (NASPA Region IV-East, 2021).