Kathleen Childree Named Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students


News Release

June 13, 2024
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Laura Brelsford | laura.brelsford@hawks.huntingdon.edu | 334-833-4563

Kathleen Childree Named Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Montgomery, AL – President-Elect Anthony Leigh announced today the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Penney Childree ’15 to assume the role of Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Student as of July 1, 2024.

Dr. Childree currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Communities and Community Standards. The Madison, Alabama, native has been employed by the College since her graduation from Huntingdon in 2015 including service in the business office, academic affairs, student activities, and college relations. She has a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama, and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Auburn University-Montgomery. As a student at Huntingdon, she was president of her sorority, a member of the women’s soccer team, and was active in several academic honor societies. She is married to Graham Childree ’18, who serves as Huntingdon’s Director of Communication, Print, Mail, and Technology Services.

“From the day she arrived as a student through the number of roles she has served at Huntingdon, Dr. Kathleen Childree has demonstrated tremendous leadership talent, organizational abilities, and a genuine love of the Huntingdon experience,” stated Dr. Leigh. “For the last three years, she has been an integral part of my work as Dean of Students, and I have full confidence in her ability to lead the team in student development and to effectively serve our student body. She shares my student-centered spirit and we will continue to work very well together in our new roles to help students maximize their time at Huntingdon.”

“The Huntingdon experience is so special and it is an absolute honor to be able to support students during this pivotal time in their lives,” commented Dr. Childree. “Higher Education is greatly enhanced by the work outside of the classroom. I am grateful to work with a team that fosters critical thinking, encourages academic growth, and empowers students to make meaningful contributions to society.”


Huntingdon College is committed to a policy against legally impermissible, arbitrary, or unreasonable discriminatory practices. Therefore, the College, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and stated College policy, prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age and/or national origin. Inquiries and/or complaints may be addressed to: Huntingdon College Title IX Coordinator, 1500 East Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106; TitleIXCoordinator@hawks.huntingdon.edu; or 334-833-4420.

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Laura Marie Tyree Brelsford '05

Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Public Relations
(334) 833-4563 | hcnews@hawks.huntingdon.edu | laura.brelsford@hawks.huntingdon.edu

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