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Tiffany Kinnard-Payton Appointed Dean of Students

Walsh University has announced the appointment of Tiffany Kinnard-Payton as Dean of Students, effective immediately. Previously, Kinnard-Payton has served as Walsh’s Associate Dean of Students.

The Dean of Students works collaboratively with student affairs educators, faculty, staff and administrators to help students thrive by building structures and supports that promote student success and retention. The position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs Bryan Badar and serves as a member of the division’s Senior Leadership Team. This position directly supervises and has oversight for the following areas: Residence Life, Student Activities and Leadership, Student Conduct and First Year Experience.

Tiffany Kinnard-Payton brings more than 14 years of expertise in Student Affairs having previously working in Residence Life, Student Conduct, and Multicultural Affairs. Along with teaching the First Year Experience course for the past 14 years, she has served as the Co-Director of FYE for the past two years.  Further, she has a long history of extensive campus service and leadership, which includes service to University Senate, where she is currently the Chair.

Among her accomplishments, Tiffany Kinnard-Payton was the Founder of Walsh’s College Woman Rock Initiative in 2012, President of the North East Ohio Housing Officers’ Association (NEOHO) in 2015, and is recent graduate of Project Blueprint, a United Way program designed to recruit, train and connect diverse volunteer leaders to policy-making roles and enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies. Kinnard-Payton currently serves as a praise and worship leader for Emmanuel Tabernacle Family Worship Center. She was nominated for the Walsh University Terrance Portis Mentor of the Year Award twice (2016 and 2018), and received the Education Award for the Stark County Woman of Worth Awards in 2016.

Tiffany Kinnard-Payton earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice/Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Human Development, School Counseling from Walsh University. She is currently pursuing a terminal degree in the field of higher education law.