Office of Student Life Staff
Heather M. Reed is the Associate Dean and Director of Student Life. Her career has focused on teaching and counseling with an emphasis on managing student crises and problems.
Heather is a native Kansan from a family of K-Staters, who spent many years teaching in western Kansas. She completed her Masters in Counseling and went on to serve as Department Head of the Counseling Department at Garden City High School and to participate on the USD 457 Crisis Response Team. These experiences have provided a foundation that has enhanced her work in student life.
At K-State she serves as the chair of the Crisis Management Team, the Critical Incident Response Team and assists with parent, student and faculty orientations. Heather is an adjunct instructor for the School of Leadership Studies and enjoys interacting with students in and out of the classroom.
Her professional interests include crisis management, campus safety and the coordination of campus support services.
Karen R. Low is the Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of Student Life. Before accepting the Student Life position, Low was Assistant Director of Adult Student Services at K-State. She helped nontraditional students and their families navigate the transition to university by utilizing both their personal resources and those available to them at the university.
Low moved to Kansas from Montana, where she was assistant professor and director of the Master of Science in Counseling program at the University of Great Falls. In addition to program administration and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, student advising and mentoring have been central to her mission of helping students succeed.
A nontraditional, first-generation college student herself, Low earned her
Bachelors in Human Services and Masters in Professional Counseling while her children were also in school. Her wide variety of experiences in and out of higher education lend a unique perspective to her student affairs work.
Her professional interests include nontraditional and multicultural student services, policy work, and program assessment.
is the Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of Student Life. He has nearly 20 years of experience working with students and student groups within student affairs. Scott has been at K-State since 1999 serving in a variety of roles including Assistant Dean of Student Life, Assistant Director of Student Life, Director of Greek Affairs and Interim Fraternity Advisor.
Prior to K-State Scott served as Residence Hall Director, International House Director,
Area Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Residential Life at Oregon State University
and Program and Activities Advisor at the University of South Dakota.
Scott has a Master's of Education in Student Personnel Administration from Oregon State University. He has a demonstrated passion for working with students and families in crisis and came to K-State specifically for that purpose.
His professional interests include building the capacity of students by better understanding self-efficacy, emotional intelligence, resiliency and other student retention-related topics.