Kathrine Swanson

Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Engagement

Metropolitan Community College

Kathrine Swanson

Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Engagement

Metropolitan Community College

Kathrine Swanson, Ed.D., became Metropolitan Community College's vice chancellor for student success and engagement in August 2015. At MCC, she is responsible for student access and success initiatives through leading strategic enrollment management planning and student financial services and collaborating with campus leaders to ensure student development areas such as counseling, disability services and campus life are providing opportunities for student engagement and success both in and out of the classroom.

Swanson came to MCC from Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Penn., where she served for 10 years as a member of the senior leadership team, last as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. In that role, she was responsible for areas including institutional research, admissions, registration, financial aid, child care, student leadership and involvement, advising, counseling, career services, dual-enrollment initiatives, testing and placement, transfer services, veterans services and many grant-funded specialty programs.

Swanson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Northern Michigan University, a master’s in adult and higher education from Montana State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.

Prior to her position at Montgomery County, Swanson was associate dean of students at Collin County Community College in McKinney, Texas. She also held the positions of executive director for community relations, acting provost and director of recruitment and retention during her time at Collin County Community College.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

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