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Dr. William R. Kennedy began his role as the 30th president of Andrew College in June 2023. His path to the post is the culmination of nearly 25 years in higher education. Kennedy‘s professional background includes positions in academics, administration, athletics, enrollment management, and student services at both public and private institutions.
He graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s in Exercise Science. He holds a master’s degree in Management from Southern Nazarene University and a doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in strategic management from the University of the Cumberlands.
Dr. Kennedy came to Andrew College from Midway University in Kentucky, where he was the Vice President of Admissions and Athletics. During his time at Midway, he had the opportunity to be a part of an administrative team that oversaw unprecedented growth in the institution’s enrollment. Midway University posted enrollment growth every fall semester in his seven-plus years there, including five straight record traditional student classes from 2018-2022. Enrollment in graduate programs and the number of international students at the institution reached all-time highs in 2022. Kennedy also grew the institution’s athletic department from eight sports and 92 student-athletes to 28 sports and over 630 student-athletes.
Hailing from rural western Arkansas, graduating in a high school class of 10, and being a first-generation college student, Kennedy is passionate about helping students achieve their dreams and better themselves through education. Dr. Kennedy and his wife Karla have three rescue dogs, Tennyson, Chloe, and Milo. They are proud to attend Cuthbert United Methodist Church.
Established in 1854, Andrew College is related to The United Methodist Church. The college is situated in the rural southwest Georgia community of Cuthbert, Andrew College offers the Associate of Art, Associate of Music, Associate of Nursing, Associate of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Elementary Education degrees. Its mission is to prepare students for lives of servant leadership and purpose through higher education that is relevant to its region and beyond.
Andrew College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Andrew College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).