Executive Director Kenann McKenzie-Thompson
Dr. Kenann McKenzie is executive director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Aspire Institute, and the Center for Scholarship and Research. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 and has had a multinational, multicultural framework that shapes her approach to education and research. Based on her own childhood experiences in Guyana as well as her upbringing in New York City, she made a decision at 12 years old to devote her future life's work to improving the lives of children and families-to which the mission and vision of Wheelock College is a perfect complement.
For the last 20 years she has worked in the higher education sector as an academic counselor, researcher, lecturer, and policy analyst. In addition, she has also worked in the K-12 sector and the federal government as an administrator. During that time, she earned her doctorate from a joint degree program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Teachers College in the Politics of Education. In her most recent post, she served as the Executive Director for the National Board of Education Sciences (NBES).
In addition to being heavily engaged with the school her two children attend, she also serves on volunteer boards that focus on children and education. Dr. McKenzie credits her undergraduate research experience with helping her to engage in and relish her college experience while attending Cornell University. She is excited to join the Wheelock family to help create its first Office of Sponsored Programs. Her hope is that it will serve as a point of connection and community for faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. McKenzie has a BA in Africana Studies from Cornell University, M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in Social Foundations of Education, and Ph.D. in the Politics of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.