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Tadd Kruse

1999 Walsh Graduate

Tadd Kruse

Major:

BA in Psychology/Sociology

Year of Graduation:

1999

Current Job Title:

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Place of Employment:

American University of Kuwait

Why did you chose Walsh?

I chose Walsh so that I could pursue my interest in Psychology and my love of playing baseball.  I remained a student and became a graduate of Walsh because of the strong sense of community, the leadership and development opportunities, the dedication to excellence and integrity, and most importantly the lifelong friends I made during my time on campus.

Describe briefly what you do in your current job:

I currently serve as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the American University of Kuwait, assisting the Dean in overseeing all support service units inclusive of Admissions, Registrar, Student Success Center, Student Life, Health Services, Outreach & Events, and Alumni Affairs for a campus of 2250 students.  Additionally, I provide leadership for the Division in the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of Student Affairs programs and services designed to facilitate the successful transition of students from outreach to graduation.

How did Walsh prepare you for your current job?

My time at Walsh helped prepare me for my current job and career path by providing me a unique blend of academic and social opportunities.  I had the ability to be active in athletics, student organizations, take on leadership roles, serve on university committees, serve the campus and local community through a variety of extra-curricular activities, and even the chance to study abroad.  These activities coupled with my interest in human development (a BA in Psychology and Sociology) led to a career in higher education administration. My various on campus activities, academic preparations, and eventual time spent abroad encouraged me to pursue a career in which I could assist in providing others an optimal collegiate living/learning experience.  I enjoy working with motivated young people who are at a pivotal point in life where they can truly grow as a person and a developing professional.  

What advice would you give to someone who is considering attending Walsh University?

If you want to be a person (not a number), to have excellent opportunities for personal and academic growth, and to have the chance to explore who you are as a person in every sense in a caring and supportive environment of higher education than Walsh is the place for you.  Your time at college is more about the journey than the destination, and choosing a campus community like Walsh that will provide services and programs to support your academic and social interests is essential.