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Kim West '79

Kim West '79Kim D. West, who has had a distinguished career as a scholar and administrator in higher education, is currently associate dean of the undergraduate program, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. After graduating from Skidmore College in 1979 with a major in American Studies, she went on to earn a master’s degree in higher education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

West became an assistant director of residential life at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles in 1985, while pursuing her Ph.D.  Her dissertation, on the retention of college science and engineering honors students, earned her a Steven B. Sample Presidential Fellowship in 1994, enabling her to study international leadership in Japan. In 1997, she earned the Dissertation of the Year award from USC's department of higher education. In 1990, she became director of residence life at California Institute of Technology, where she also served as an adjunct professor at the Rossier School of Education.  In 2002 West returned to USC to direct the master's program and serve as an assistant professor, moving to her current post at the university’s Marshall School in 2007.

As a Skidmore student, West served as a member of the Student Government Association and worked as house counselor, resident assistant, and head resident.  As an alumna, she has held a wide range of volunteer positions, including class secretary, chair of the Alumni Association Awards Committee, and vice president of alumni programs.