Dean David Jenkins Leaving the Kent School

by Diandre Glover Thomas

Dean Jenkins recently announced that he has accepted an offer to become Dean of the College of Social Work at Ohio State University. In his announcement to the Kent School faculty and staff Dean Jenkins stated, “I am excited about this new opportunity and believe it is a good move for my family and me. Please understand I did not make this decision lightly and it was one I made with mixed emotions. I have grown tremendously as a leader and person during my tenure at the Kent School and the University of Louisville. It has been my pleasure and honor to have worked with and learned from Kent School’s amazing faculty, staff, and students. I am proud of our accomplishments in my time as your Dean and believe we have shaped many important and lasting outcomes that set the School of Social Work and Family Science on an impressive course.

Interim Provost Bradley is working on a transition plan with Dean Jenkins to prepare the college for his departure.  This plan includes visiting the Kent School to meet with faculty, staff, and student groups separately, the appointment of an interim dean, and eventually a formal search to fill the dean position. In response to Dean Jenkins announcement of leaving the University Interim Provost Bradley stated, “I want to express both my and Interim President Gonzalez’s sincere appreciation for the tremendous growth and visionary way in which he has guided the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work and Family Science.” 

Over the last six years these accomplishments have included creating the first online doctorate at UofL (Doctorate of Social Work), starting one of the first fully online undergraduate degrees at UofL (Bachelor of Social Work), and adding a new graduate degree (Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy). In addition, the name of the school was changed to better reflect its diverse offerings. The Kent School is the highest-ranking social work program in Kentucky, and it ranks in the top 17% of social work programs in the nation. Furthermore, efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion have been strengthened within the school and across the broader campus and communities.

Dean Jenkins will begin his new position at Ohio State University on July 1st.