Dr. Ann Marie Klotz: New Vice President for Student Affairs

By: Dylan Lepore | dlepore1@radford.edu

The search committee has chosen Dr. Ann Marie Klotz as Radford’s new Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Klotz will start January 8, 2018, to push forward the process of the 17 Recommendations from the Inaugural Budget Planning Summit of last year.

Dr. Klotz will drive learning outside of the classroom, i.e., clubs and organizations while also enhancing student growth and development throughout Radford as a part of Student Affairs.  She has been a consultant, coach, assistant, department head and speaker, “from Fortune 500 companies to top-tier institutions of higher education, Dr. Ann Marie Klotz serves her clients as an experienced speaker and consultant to strengthen organizations and help professionals achieve their goals,” as stated on her personal website.

Serving as a perseverant and creative problem solver she “identifies solutions that best meet the needs of her clients” and is “passionate about helping under-served students find personal and professional success through education. ”

Dr. Klotz shows that she can do not from what she says but what she does. Producing a handful of videos on YouTube of her talks/keynotes, showing up on podcasts, and discussing the importance of branding and social media in the professional world. Thinking out of the box seems to be the key to Dr. Klotz success.

Taking a few notes from the President of Radford University Dr. Brian Hemphill’s email, where he first addressed Dr. Klotz, we can see that she has done the work: “Dr. Ann Marie Klotz is an experienced advocate for student success. Her passion for working in student affairs is truly contagious and inspiring. She is extremely student-centered in alignment with President Hemphill’s vision for Radford. She will be a tremendous asset for our students and Radford University. We are truly lucky to have her join our community. I look forward to collaborating with her to enhance our student first-year experience programs,” New Student Programs Interim Director Joel Hanlon ’09 says.

“Dr. Klotz has proven herself to be an outstanding candidate for vice president of Student Affairs. Having a diverse background in student affairs, she understands that every student does not have the same needs. She strives to not see students as a whole, but as a group of different stories that make each person unique. Not only do I look forward to working with her in SGA, but also as a friend and a student. Her attitude and likability will surely be accepted with open arms here at Radford University,” Student Government Association Vice President and student representative on the Search Committee Cody Hartley mentions.

Dr. Klotz’s touch has reached over 21 plus universities and institutions around the United States and is steadily growing as she comes to Radford. Her education goes as far as receiving a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University. Plus, a Masters in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University and a Bachelors in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies at Grand Valley State University.

A “Boss Lady” is what Dr. Klotz likes to refer to herself as and it shows through the many publications, awards, and involvement in her work; and as the last note from Dr. Hemphill’s email: “Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ann Marie Klotz to the Radford family. She will begin her new role on January 8, 2018, and I look forward to her numerous contributions to the university’s senior leadership team and the Division of Student Affairs, as together we embrace Radford’s tradition and envision our future.”