OCE Leadership

Brian M. WootenBrian M. Wooten

Executive Director

Brian M. Wooten serves as the Founding Executive Director of Community Engagement at Kennesaw State University (KSU). He is a tenured faculty member with primary teaching assignments in KSU’s Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies. Prior to his work in the Office of Community Engagement, he served as the founding director of the KSU Center for Student Leadership (CSL). In that role, he provided vision and leadership that moved the area from a one-person unit to an expansive Center offering an array of programs and services to KSU students.

Wooten is active in a number of professional organizations and community boards.  Currently, he serves on the Advisory Boards for the EDGE Connection and the Center for Family Resources.  Professionally, he served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). He has published work in various magazines and Journals including a chapter entitled “Integration of Peer Leadership in the Co-Curricular experience” for Josey-Bass’s monograph on student engagement published in spring 2012.

He regularly presents educational sessions, provides trainings and speaks on various aspects of his work in leadership and community engagement. He has guest lectured at Universities in Mumbai, India, Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa and in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has had the fortune of speaking at the South African Semboka held at Stellenbosch University sharing the stage with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Kimberly Henghold Allison Hughes pic

Assistant Director

Kimberly Henghold joined the staff of the Office of Community Engagement in November 2016. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director for Volunteerism and Service Learning Support. She joined Kennesaw State in 2013 from South Florida where she has over fifteen years of experience working in the public sector. Kimberly brings extensive knowledge in volunteer management, community outreach, volunteer recruitment and retention, event planning and implementation and project management. Her passion is for service and helping others and has been an active volunteer with numerous organizations. Her career has been dedicated to projects that focus on youth and civic engagement, programming and leadership and community outreach.

She provides support to the Executive Director and helps to coordinate events,  special initiatives and projects for the Office. Kimberly served on the writing team for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement and was selected for the President's Task Force on Community Engagement.

Dr. Jennifer W. Purcell

Dr. Jennifer W. Purcell

Faculty Consultant

Dr. Jennifer W. Purcell is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies in University College. Her research explores capacity building for civic leadership and community engagement. In her role as Faculty Consultant, Purcell contributes to the development and integration of community engagement initiatives that support the university's goal of the becoming "Georgia's Engaged University." Prior to joining the faculty full-time at KSU, Purcell served as the Assistant Director for Engagement in the Center for Student Leadership (CSL).

Purcell served on the writing team for KSU's application for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement and the university’s strategic planning team for community engagement. Purcell formerly served on the board of directors for the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and assists in the coordination of the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop sponsored by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. She has conducted research on behalf of Campus Compact, presented numerous papers on community engagement and served on panels at national and international conferences.



Beth Garrett

Program Director, Horizons KSU

Beth Garrett serves as the Program Director of the Horizons KSU program held at the Paulding site each summer.  Garrett is a pationate educator who has spent her career teaching within the Cobb County School system.  Garrett has regularly taught courses in the Bagwell College of Education and assumed the role of Program Director for Horizons KSU in 2016.

Horizons KSU started with fifteen rising first graders in 2015, and has added a grade level each year since. In summer 2018, close to 60 students participated in the program.  The goal of this program is to close the summer learning gap and, in turn, increase high school graduation rates for economically disadvantaged children. Providing engaging and successful learning opportunities to inspire minds, and building relationships rooted in an environment of care and trust builds a foundation for strong community involvement. Our program provides a rigorous, STEM-centered curriculum that engages the students' curiosity and feeds their desire to learn.