Meet Kevin Witham

Kevin Witham
Director of Recruitment and Outreach
Ohio University

 How did you get your start in the college admission field?
I started as an admission counselor at Texas Lutheran College (now University) in 1982. I can credit -- or blame! -- an admission staff member, Jennifer Ehlers, who informed me of the open position and encouraged me to consider applying. I applied and was selected for the position at Texas Lutheran which I held several years until I accepted an admission position representing Ohio University and where I have enjoyed serving in various admission roles for 35 years.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Helping a student or family through the college admission process and understanding the reality of the college experience.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
Through NACAC and various leadership roles I have been able to connect with colleagues around the country and world who provide friendship, support, and knowledge that is valuable to me and the daily admission work that we do.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
There are always challenges and some are at a micro-level and others are at a macro-level and receive more attention and drive the conversations. The most obvious challenges, which are currently at the macro-level and receiving national media attention, are the federal government and other investigations of admission practices and practitioners. Micro-challenges that should be at the macro level for attention include student financial literacy and college costs; student academic, social, and psychological preparedness for college; support needed for school counselors and the general conversation about the desire and need for a college degree.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy new adventures, travel, music/singing, dancing, tennis, biking, skiing, and other physical activity, as well as spending time with family and friends.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Bond, James Bond. Because it’s just cool to say the name and I like the adventures and interesting individuals around him like “Q” and “M” who provide fun gadgets on his missions.

Describe yourself in five words.
I couldn’t narrow it down. Conscientious, diligent, happy, friendly, outgoing, caring, and volunteer.

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