Kitts to attend Harvard education program

Kenneth D. Kitts (Source: FMU)
Kenneth D. Kitts (Source: FMU)

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, SC – Kenneth D. Kitts, associate provost and director of graduate programs, has been selected to participate in the 2010 Harvard Graduate School of Education summer programs.

Kitts is selected to attend the Institute for Educational Management (IEM). The IEM program provides senior level administrators a rare opportunity to assess their leadership skills, renew their commitment to higher education, and develop tangible strategies for long-term institutional success.

"We are proud to have Ken represent Francis Marion University and are excited about the opportunity for him to enhance his leadership skills through this program," said FMU President Luther F. Carter. "Participants are selected for their range of responsibility, their breadth of experience, and their ability to assist their universities in responding to changing needs and new opportunities. Those criteria make Ken an exceptional choice."

Kitts joined the FMU faculty in 1987. He has previous teaching experience at Appalachian State University and the University of South Carolina.

"The recent economic downturn has placed an even higher premium on the ability of college administrators to set priorities and make good decisions. I believe that participating in this program will help develop those skills and will broaden my understanding of the issues that confront higher education," said Kitts. "Moreover, I look forward to the opportunity to learn from the experiences of senior administrators at colleges and universities across the country."

A native of Waynesville, N.C., he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Appalachian State University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina. He was the first recipient of the Florence World Affairs Council's Citizen Diplomat Award in 2000 and was FMU's Distinguished Professor for 2002-03. His book, "Presidential Commissions and National Security: The Politics of Damage Control," has earned national acclaim.

His scholarly publications and presentations have earned him a reputation as an expert on the U.S. Presidency and national security policy. He also has emerged as a leader of his department, including serving as department chairman for three years and interim chairman for one year. He was appointed associate provost and director of the graduate program in December 2002.

He has served on a variety of university committees, work groups and task forces, including the Faculty Senate, Faculty Life Committee, Budget Committee, and the ad hoc Committee on Faculty Governance. He also served as faculty advisor to the Political Science Club for six years and advisor to the Rho Lambda Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha for 12 years.

Kitts is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Chi, Pi Sigma Alpha, the American Association of University Professors, the Center for the Study of Intelligence, and the S.C. Political Science Association.