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Pfeiffer names director of graduate student development, academic success

web_Keonya_Booker_1Dr. Keonya Booker has been named the director of Graduate Student Development and Academic Success at Pfeiffer University. Booker most recently served as director of continuing education of the Metropolitan College at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), an initiative designed to enhance the opportunities for career advancement and success among adult students.  She assumed her new position at Pfeiffer on Aug. 9.

In her new role, Booker will lead the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) and will be charged with the collection and interpretation of retention and success data that impact decisions and campus program implementation. Additionally, Booker will provide leadership for the graduate honor policy, academic appeals and readmission to the university. She will serve on various university and community committees and task forces.

Prior to Pfeiffer and in addition to her experience at JCSU, Booker has served as an assistant professor of educational research at UNC Charlotte, assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Virginia, and in similar positions at other colleges and universities in North Carolina and Virginia. She was also assistant dean of students and director of new student and leadership programs at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.

Booker's work on qualitative research methods and program evaluation has been published in a number of professional journals and she has presented extensively on related topics as well as issues relative to tolerance and diversity.

Booker earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology, measurement and evaluation from UNC-Chapel Hill. She received both a Master of Education in school psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service, and scholarship.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or


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