KSU Names New Dean of Student Success
Submitted by Rgodlews on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 11:29am
Michael Sanseviro draws from leadership experience handling student concerns
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 13, 2010) —Following a nationwide search, Kennesaw State University has appointed Michael Sanseviro as dean of student success. Sanseviro, who served as KSU’s director of residence life from 2004 to 2009, had served as interim dean for the past year.
“Dr. Sanseviro comes highly qualified and prepared for this assignment and responsibility,” said Jerome Ratchford, vice president of student success. “We are pleased to have someone with his considerable expertise in this important position. Dr. Sanseviro is a natural leader who communicates easily with students and faculty alike. We look forward to his guidance and solid leadership as our enrollment continues to grow.”
As dean, Sanseviro, who has held student affairs positions at universities in New York, North Carolina and Florida, will oversee various areas of student success for KSU’s more than 23,000 students. He will continue in his duties as director of residence life until a successor is named.
“At its essence the core role of the dean’s office is to help both our best and brightest students, as well as those who need a little more assistance in order to reach their full potential,” said Sanseviro. “I’m bringing what I learned from residential life programs to this position. Dealing with the lives of more than 3,000 residential students is a 24/7 situation, so I know I have what it takes to help make a difference in our young people’s lives.”
Sanseviro joined Kennesaw State in January 2004 as the university’s first director of residence life. He arrived on campus in the middle of the second year of the residential housing program.
“I was the first director of residence life. I created the department and the residential life program,” he said. “We had few other employees, so I set out to work with other departments to build a program from the ground up. I also worked with the leadership of the KSU Foundation to make our unique public-private partnership successful.”
Sanseviro was named interim dean of student success in 2009, and he is active in numerous professional associations, such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and Association of University Housing Officers - International. He also teaches at KSU with the University College and is on the faculty at the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.
Sanseviro has worked at Georgia State University, where he helped with the successful conversion of Olympic housing to student use. He has also worked for Georgia Perimeter College and the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.
In addition, Sanseviro has served as president of the Association of Georgia Housing Officers, which honored him in October 2008 with the Excellence in Housing award for his career achievements. Last October, KSU received three out of six statewide awards at the GHO annual conference, including the Georgia Gee Whiz Award for Tea Time, judged the most innovative program by a housing or residence life department.
Tea Time is an informal weekly gathering where the residence life staff and university faculty and staff meet with students over tea and snacks to discuss topics ranging from current events to campus life.
“Our department has previously won many statewide honors from GHO but this is the highest number of awards we have won simultaneously,” Sanseviro said. “We were particularly honored because there were dozens of nominees from more than 20 institutions.”
Sanseviro has a Ph.D. in education policy from Georgia State University. He received a master’s in higher education from Florida State University and a bachelor’s in educational research, philosophy and religion from Emory University.