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Kimberly Thornton, Ed.D.

What I do now:
I am currently the Director for the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University.

My work/job consists of:
I oversee the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office, Spirit program, Student Involvement program, Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching program, and SGA services along with the daily operations of the Center for Campus Life.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I began my career at LSUS as the Assistant Director for Student Leadership and Involvement in 2004, shortly after completing my master's degree. I then became the Director of Student Activities at LSUS in 2008, and oversaw student organizations, spirit groups, Greek life, and student leadership development. In 2012, I became the Director of Admissions and increased both undergraduate and graduate enrollment. In 2015, I became the Director of Career Services at LSUS, another opportunity to help LSUS students.

My degree path, including classes at LSUS:
I graduated from LSU Baton Rouge with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications in 2001. I graduated with a Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 2003. I completed my doctorate in Higher Education-Higher Administration Leadership at Louisiana Tech University in May of 2017. I took a variety of LSUS courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to further my education while I worked at LSUS.

Fond memories of LSUS:
LSUS Week of Welcome, LSUS Pilot Basketball and Baseball games, Fall Fest, and Spring Fling

LSUS faculty or staff who helped me:
Paula Atkins, Dr. Harvey Rubin, Darlenna Atkins, Dr. Gloria Raines, Dr. Randy Butterbaugh, and so many more faculty and staff

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS provided me an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons and skills while building lasting relationships with students, staff, and faculty. LSUS allowed me the opportunity to make a difference in students' lives for almost 12 years.

Advice to college-bound students:
Really experience college life. Meet new people. Get to know your professors. Become involved on campus with Greek Life, intramurals, or in a student organization. College is a wonderful opportunity to experience new things and network.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Gain experience in the field. Become a student worker or graduate assistant in Student Affairs. It will allow you to gain real-world experience.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Do what you love. Find a career you love, and you will love going to work.

My toughest professional challenge:
Finding ways to work around state budget cuts to keep meeting students' needs.

My toughest personal challenge:
Finding a work-life balance.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
-Recipient of 2011 Phi Mu Helping Hand Award
-2006 LSUS Outstanding Service Award
-2011-12 LSUS SGA Outstanding Award
-Member of Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Societies

I've learned this from life:
Life is what you make of it. Be grateful for what you have. Change is inevitable. You can embrace it or fight. The choice is yours. I embrace it.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
I would spend time traveling the world, spending time with my family and friends, watching college sports, and reading.

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