Kathleen G. Kerr
Dr. Kathleen G. Kerr serves as the Executive Director of Residence Life & Housing and has a secondary appointment as an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. She began working at the University of Delaware in 1990 as a Complex Coordinator. Progressively challenging and exciting opportunities have kept her there. Prior to serving as the Executive Director, she served as a Complex Coordinator, Area Coordinator, Assistant Director, Associate Director and Director.
As Executive Director, she provides leadership to enhance the operations, programs, and services of a residence hall system comprised of over 50 buildings housing more than 7500 graduate and undergraduate students, generating close to $60 million in annual revenue dollars with direct impact on several departments. Kathleen has responsibility for the strategic and day-to-day leadership of a large, dynamic, complex, and student-centered organization; provides oversight of an annual budget totaling more than $6 million; develops strategies to maximize student occupancy and revenue streams; while also serving as a critical member of the Student Life Senior Leadership team, providing leadership for division projects and initiatives.
Kathleen’s involvement with ACPA began on the directorate of the Commission for Housing & Residential Life, which she chaired from 2006-2008. She served on the Presidential Task Force on Sustainability; chaired two convention Program Teams; served as the Director of Membership Development on the Governing Board; and was elected ACPA Vice President in 2012, serving as ACPA President in 2013-2014, and as Past President from 2014-2015. She served as the Strategic Marketing Team Chair for the 2016 ACPA Convention in Montréal and is currently serving as an ACPA Foundation Trustee.
Kathleen attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where she received both her BA in Psychology and her MS in College Student Personnel Administration. In 1998 she earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware. She currently resides in Newark DE with her husband, her two youngest daughters, and Pug, Sadie.
Vernon A. Wall
“Dynamic!” “Current!” “Inspiring!” These are just a few words that have been used to describe Vernon and his presentations. Vernon has accumulated 30+ years of professional Student Affairs experience in the areas of Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. With degrees from North Carolina State University and Indiana University, Vernon currently lives in Washington DC where he serves as the Director for Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc. Prior to this position, Vernon served as the Senior Director for Professional Development, Research & Scholarship for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA - College Student Educators International).
The spring of 1998, Vernon served as a member of the Student Life Staff with the Semester at Sea program accompanying 600 students on a voyage around the world. Vernon has received several awards for his contributions to the quality of student life, is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute (www.sjti.org).
Vernon’s roots are in housing and residence life spending 14 years in various positions at UNC – Charlotte, UNC – Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia. Vernon also advised the Residence Hall Association, the National Residence Hall Honorary and was inducted into the NACURH Alumni Association for his service on the Regional Board of SAACURH (the South Atlantic affiliate) and the National Board of NACURH as regional advisor. Vernon also delivered the opening keynote speech for the NACURH 2009 Conference at the University of Arizona.
Vernon has written several articles and has co-edited two books on issues of inclusion on today’s college campus. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country and have been described as being “a learning experience - with a touch of wildness.”