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The Director is responsible for oversight of the department, supporting and advocating for staff, pursuing the departmental mission and vision, facilitating an environment that is consistent with our departmental values and seeking new opportunities. The Director also oversees initiatives to partner with communities and faculty members to meaningfully involve students in reflectively addressing social issues, locally and globally.


Kim joined JMU in 2023 with experience in non-profit management, higher education, and community development. She started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer focused on youth development in Namibia. After receiving a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management at the School for International Training, Kim worked as a professor and program coordinator for Augsburg University's Center for Global Education in Namibia before returning to the United States. During the following thirteen years, Kim directed student development and campus-community partnerships that focused on immigrant rights and food system change through the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College. In 2020, Kim moved to the Shenandoah Valley where we served as the executive director of the Allegheny Mountain Institute and consultant for Arcadia Project. In her free time, Kim likes to ski, hike, and travel with her family.

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