Lexington, Ky. (March 30, 2021) — A longtime administrative leader in advocating for student success in a number of senior roles on the University of Kentucky campus has been named UK’s dean of students.
Trisha Clement-Montgomery, who has served as acting dean of students (DOS) at UK since September, has been named permanently to the position, said Kirsten Turner, UK’s vice president for Student Success. In this role, Clement-Montgomery will serve as a senior leader in Student Success and oversee multiple units including Residence Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Support and Intervention and Student Organizations and Activities.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Clement-Montgomery into this key Student Success leadership role and know that her commitment to the University of Kentucky and years of experience in student affairs have prepared her to hit the ground running in support of student engagement and safety,” Turner said.
Prior to this appointment, Clement-Montgomery served in multiple leadership roles within UK Residence Life, including director for several years, and has more than 15 years of experience in higher education administration.
A proud alumna, Clement-Montgomery holds a doctoral degree in higher education leadership and a master’s degree in educational psychology from UK.
“I am excited to work collaboratively with DOS offices and campus partners to create and refine approaches to supporting students from all backgrounds and classifications in their academic pursuits,” Clement-Montgomery said about her appointment.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.