Dr. Jennifer Miles is busy getting to know the Hinds family in her new role as Vice President of Student Services.
Miles began work Feb. 1, replacing Randall Harris, who is retiring March 31. As the head of Student Services, she will work with students from the application process through graduation.
She arrives at Hinds from Widener University, in Chester, Penn., where she served as associate professor and Higher Education Leadership Program Director at the institution’s Center for Education in the College of Health & Human Services.
“I believe in putting students first and am privileged to be able to engage in work that directly impacts students,” Miles said. “I look forward to getting to know our students, as well as the faculty and staff. I hope to build on the good work being done in the Division of Student Services.”
She plans to visit students on each campus this semester to share ideas and experiences, plus learn about their goals and insights.
“Throughout my career, I have been very interested in student self-governance and how students express themselves, including how they voice their needs and the needs of their fellow students,” she said. “In my research, I have explored student self-governance and I look forward to hearing directly from our students.”
Her experience also includes different positions at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus from 2011–2020, most recently as Vice President for Student Affairs and Professor of Educational Leadership. She has held several other higher education positions, including Coordinator of Student Activities at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston from 2001–2002.
She has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Florida State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.