Kenya Ayers went back to her alma mater to inspire future engineers

By Website Administrator | Aug 9, 2002

Kenya Ayers, associate vice president of Academic Services, recently traveled back to her alma mater and former employer, the University of Michigan, to give a motivational address to students in the Summer Engineering Academy at the university.

Kenya Ayers, associate vice president of Academic Services, recently traveled back to her alma mater and former employer, the University of Michigan, to give a motivational address to students in the Summer Engineering Academy at the university. Ayers addressed 150 students and parents on the topic "Choice - not chance - determines your destiny."

Not only did she return to her alma mater, she also returned to the program she once coordinated. Ayers coordinated pre-college programs and special projects for college students as part of her job duties in the Minority Engineering Program Office (MEPO) at the University of Michigan.

Ayers has been at Kettering since February and has supervisory responsibility over the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising, Academic Support Services, Institutional Research and International Programs. She enjoys the "opportunity to engage with multiple constituencies on campus to ensure the satisfaction of Kettering students with their academic experience."

Originally from Southfield, Mich., Ayers has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a master's in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate degree in Education from the University of Houston.

She was most recently the Dean of students at Trinity College in Washington, D.C.

Ayers was named one of the "Top 30 Leaders of the Future 30 and Under" by "Ebony Magazine" in 2001.