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Administrator honored for outstanding academic advising

by Deanne Puca

May 5, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Kevin Knutson.
KALAMAZOO--Kevin Knutson, director of academic advising, in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, has been recognized by a national organization for outstanding academic advising.

Knutson has been selected an Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Academic Advising Administrator category from the National Academic Advising Association as part of the 2011 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising. The event honors people, programs, institutions and technology innovations making significant contributions to the field of academic advising.

Knutson joined WMU in 1994 as a residence hall director. He was an academic advisor before being named to his current position as director of undergraduate advising for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006. He earned bachelor's degrees in sociology and secondary education, both from Moorhead State University, and a master's degree in political science from WMU.

He will be honored and presented with the award in Denver during the NACADA Annual Conference in October. The organization evolved from the National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 and has a membership of more than 10,000 including faculty, professional advisors, administrators and counselors.