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K-State Today

July 22, 2019

Kidd joins College of Education in new administrative recruitment position

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Marcus Kidd

Marcus Kidd joined the College of Education July 1 as the assistant director of enrollment management and institutional partnerships.

In this new position, Kidd's primary responsibilities involve student recruitment and retention. Many K-Staters will recognize his name as he served as the assistant director of student programs at the K-State Alumni Association for the last three years.

"My goal is to improve lives, and the way I see to do that is through impact," Kidd said. "From an administrative perspective, I'm interested in the life cycle of a university — the thread that begins as a prospective student, moves to student, then transitions to alumni. That said, I'm a big proponent of undergraduate engagement and creating relationships and pathways that will strengthen every step of the collegiate life cycle and help students fulfill their dreams and potential."

Roger Schieferecke, assistant dean and director of the Center for Student Success, said Kidd's passion is evident.

"Marcus embodies everything it means to be an EdCat," Schieferecke said. "He's enthusiastic about education and K-State, his professional accomplishments are impressive, his drive and energy are endless, and he understands that above all, education is a game-changer."

Born and raised in Manhattan, Kidd said he spent a great deal of time on campus with his mom, Tandalayo Kidd, while she worked on her three degrees from K-State.

"I spent lots of nights on campus with my mom while she was doing homework," Kidd said. "She'd ask me to help code data, like add in ones and zeros, and I had no idea what I was doing but it was fun. So, as she was exposed to K-State, I was exposed to K-State, and when it was time for me to choose a college, I thought 'I watched her be successful at K-State so why wouldn't I be successful here too.'"

Kidd enrolled at K-State and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2014, a master's in counseling and student development in December 2016. He is currently working toward his doctorate in the same field.

Now, it's literally his job to ensure future teachers are successful at K-State.

If you would like to invite Kidd to speak to students considering the teaching profession, please email him at mkidd@k-state.edu