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Peggy Whaley
Peggy Whaley
Director
Student Engagement and Success
pwhaley@murraystate.edu
270.809.2274
Office: 425 Wells Hall
 

Peggy Whaley is the Director of Student Engagement and Success at Murray State University. She also serves as the coordinator of the student success seminars and first-year experiences for the University. She received her M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership (1997) and B.S. in Agricultural Education (1995) from Colorado State University. Peggy has been a teacher, advisor, and advocate for students and their success for over 15 years both at Murray State University and at Colorado State University.  Peggy, along with two of her Murray State colleagues, received the Best Practices Award from the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange at the 2018 National Symposium on Student Retention in Salt Lake City, UT.  

Kate Johnson
Kate Johnson
Coordinator
Student Engagement and Success
kjohnson94@murraystate.edu
270.809.5344
Office: 425 Wells Hall
about Kate

Kate Johnson is the Coordinator in the Office of Student Engagement and Success. In this role she will be assisting with undeclared advising, mentoring, teaching IDC 100T, working with Great Beginnings Leaders and other retention initiatives. Prior to Murray State, she worked in human resources for five years. For the past nine years, she has worked in higher education as an online admissions counselor, athletic academic advisor, and Director of the Bratzke Student-Athlete Academic Success Center at Eastern Kentucky University. Most recently Kate worked in the Office of Alumni Relations at Murray State University. She earned her B.S. in Management from Eastern Kentucky University (2002) and her M.S. in Higher Education: College Student Affairs from the University of Kentucky (2008). Kate has a passion for working with college students and helping them navigate their way through college to achieve their goals and aspirations.

 
Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith
Coordinator of Student Services 
in Student Engagement and Success
Racer Academy, Enrollment Management
jsmith143@murraystate.edu
270.809.2684
Office: 425 Wells Hall
about Jennifer

Jennifer Smith is the Coordinator of Student Services in the Office of Student Engagement and Success, assisting students with success goals, managing MyMajors, leading the Parent and Family Council, and the development and implementation of other retention initiatives. She also coordinates the dual-credit program, Racer Academy, and assists in Enrollment Management initiatives. Jennifer received her B.S. in Plant and Soil Science (1996) from the University of Tennessee at Martin, working for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, before transitioning to education in her local county school system. Jennifer has worked in the Office of Admissions, and the Office of Enrollment Management at Murray State University, and is dedicated to helping students find their passion, set goals, and achieve success in their future endeavors in her new role with the Office of Student Engagement and Success.