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Alexander Kappus PhD

Senior Director of Student Success

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Bio

Dr. Alexander Kappus (he/him/his) is the Senior Director for Student Success in the College of Education. In this role, he provides leadership for all graduate student recruitment, mentoring, and success and offers guidance to the Student Success and Advising Center (SSAC) to shape a vision for undergraduate student recruitment, academic advising, success initiatives, cocurricular engagement, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Kappus brings over 10 years of professional experience in a variety of institutional contexts in four different states working in several student development functional areas including residence life, new student and family programs, financial aid, leadership development, and student success. He co-founded the Financial Wellness Collaborative at Central Michigan University, a cross-divisional effort to address financial education and basic needs insecurity. Most of his professional service occurred at research universities, but he also has experience at the community college level and in the private sector. Viewing diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to his work as a scholar-practitioner, he has facilitated workshops about engaging across social differences, equity, and allyship at institutional, state, and national levels. He is also a member of the inaugural Equity Coach program through the North Carolina Community College System’s Student Success Center. Passionate about socially responsible leadership development, Dr. Kappus has hired, trained, and supervised over 1,000 undergraduate student leaders in a variety of peer-educator roles, including resident assistants, orientation mentors, and more.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Michigan State University

Master of Education College Student Affairs Administration University of Georgia

Bachelor of Arts Political Science and Minor in Chinese Language Emory University

Area(s) of Expertise

His dissertation examined the lived experiences of college students involved in nonpartisan political engagement through the Campus Vote Project during the 2020 election season. Dr. Kappus continues to write, study, and present on the intersections between civic and political engagement in higher education.

Research Areas

  • College Student Identity-Intersectional-Holistic Development
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Peer Interaction or Friendship
  • Politics
  • Qualitative Research
  • Student Affairs Administration

Groups

  • 2020 Clyde M. Campbell Endowed Fellowship, Michigan State University
  • 2019 Keith Goldhammer Endowed Scholarship in Educational Administration, Michigan State University
  • 2018 Clyde M. Campbell Endowed Fellowship, Michigan State University
  • 2017 Margaret F. Lorimer Fellowship, Michigan State University
  • 2012 NASPA Graduate Associate Program Scholarship, University of Georgia
  • 2011 Georgia College Personnel Association Outstanding Poster Presentation Award
  • 2011 National Residence Hall Honorary, University of Georgia
  • 2010 Marion Luther Brittain Award (highest student honor), Emory University
  • 2010 100 Senior Honorary, Emory University
  • 2008 Humanitarian Award, Emory University