Alumna named director of Bridge to Clemson and Transfer Academic Programs
CLEMSON — Clemson’s Office of Undergraduate Studies has named Mary Von Kaenel (2014) director of the Bridge to Clemson and Transfer Academic Programs. Von Kaenel joined Clemson in 2004 as the major scholarship coordinator for the Student Financial Aid office and most recently was associate director for Transfer Academic Programs.
Von Kaenel now will lead the planning, operations, policy development and implementation, and assessment for the Bridge and transfer programs to ensure students have the tools they need to enroll, persist and graduate.
“I thoroughly enjoy the opportunities I have to support, advise and mentor students,” said Von Kaenel. “I look forward to continuing my work by leading programs that help new students successfully transition to Clemson.”
Designed to be a national model of collaboration, the Bridge to Clemson University program is a unique partnership between Clemson University and Tri-County Technical College. The Bridge program provides a dedicated pathway for students who want to earn a Clemson degree after their freshman year at Tri-County Technical College. During their freshmen years, students in the Bridge program must earn 30 transferrable credit hours and have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 to be accepted to Clemson for their sophomore years.
“During Mary’s tenure at Clemson she’s held positions that have helped many achieve their academic goals, whether that be through scholarships or programs assisting transfer students,” said John Griffin, associate provost and dean of Undergraduate Studies. “We’re pleased that Mary’s work with undergraduates will continue in her new role as director.”
A Kansas native, Von Kaenel moved to Clemson as a child with her family. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clemson, she moved to Arkansas. There she received a Master of Science from the University of Arkansas in operations management and began her career in higher education as the coordinator of a one-stop enrollment center.
She returned to the Clemson area and continued working in academic support at Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College before joining the Student Financial Aid office at Clemson and then the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
While an employee, she pursued her doctorate in educational leadership, with a focus on the unique transition experiences of students who transfer to Clemson from two-year colleges. She graduated in 2014 and continues to participate in research associated with transfer student success and persistence.