Kleinman Named Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising

| November 5, 2014


Webster University’s Office of Academic Affairs has named assistant director of Academic Advising Kim Kleinman as director of Undergraduate Academic Advising. In this position, Kleinman will provide vision and leadership for the academic advising of Webster University’s 5,000 undergraduate students who study at the main campus in Webster Groves, at extended campuses, at international campuses and online. He will partner with units across the Webster network – and will work closely with faculty advisers – to provide a consistent, student-centered experience for Webster’s distinctive populations of undergraduate students. The University’s student base includes traditional undergraduate students, transfer students, adult learners, international students and online students.

“Kim’s leadership in developing strong faculty advisers and managing initiatives such as the Reverse Transfer program have been critical to student success,” said Vice Provost Nancy Hellerud. “The recent program review of Academic Advising, as well as recommendations emerging from the strategic planning process, point toward our need to focus on the distinctive advising needs of our student populations. Webster is poised to serve not just the growing number of traditional undergraduate students, but also students seeking Prior Learning Assessment opportunities, combined degrees, and other programs attractive to adult learners. Kim has experience in all of these.”

Another position, director of Graduate Academic Advising, will soon be advertised. This position will be Kleinman’s counterpart, focusing on the distinctive needs of Webster’s 15,000 graduate students across the network.

Tom Nickolai, director of Academic Advising, will remain in his position during the restructure. Nickolai, who recently announced his retirement from Webster at the end of the academic year, will continue to provide the popular, late-night e-mail answers to questions about academic programs from across the network. “Fortunately, Tom will continue to provide his thorough and balanced answers to student issues,” said Hellerud. “His in-depth knowledge of programs and his ability to both advocate for students and uphold academic integrity are respected by everyone.”

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  1. Meg Sempreora says:

    Congratulations, Kim! A well-deserved promotion.

  2. Christina Gilbert says:

    Congratulations Dr. Kleinman!!! Well deserved. Always a joy to work with.

  3. Paula Hanssen says:

    Could not have a better person for the job, congratulations!!

  4. Dana Parker says:

    Kudos Kim!

  5. Debra Carpenter says:

    Kim, you hard work and thoughtful initiatives over the years will give you a super base from which to operate. Congratulations!!!!