FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - Kirk McConnell accepted the position of Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Success, starting Sept. 5, as athletic events start ramping up for the season. He will continue teaching courses as an adjunct in addition to working with the Athletic Department.
Committed to academic excellence himself, and having taught courses at Emmanuel for eight years, Mr. McConnell continues to pursue higher education even as he has taken on a new position. After receiving studying counseling, he is a currently a dissertation candidate at Liberty University pursuing an Ed.D. in educational leadership.
"Without a doubt [my favorite element of this new position is] the opportunity to invest into students one on one. To share my life and the life of Jesus with each student," McConnell says.
But his love for education is not the sum of the man. His personable and cheerful nature endear students and colleagues alike. Tutors in the ARC are accustomed to Mr. McConnell popping in regularly. "Once a week or so, he'll walk by the ARC on his way in or out of Aaron and stops by to ask how we [the tutors] are doing, says writing tutor Rose Basson. "Whenever he sees athletes studying here, he takes time to check in with them, whether he's currently teaching them or not. His joy and genuine care make him a pillar of Emmanuel as a Christ-centered institution."
"My greatest interest off campus is my family and spending time with them. We are avid South Carolina Gamecock fans and love watching all college football. I also deeply love to be in the woods camping and hunting," says McConnell.
McConnell has held several positions at Emmanuel over the last eight years, including adjunct professor, Director of Campus Life, Director of Academic Success, and Director of Admissions. The next academic year will see him teaching Human Growth and Development and EC Foundations this fall, and General Psychology in the spring.
McConnell and his wife, Stephanie, also an EC alum, have been married 17 years. Stephanie is academic coach for Royston Elementary School. The couple have an 11-year-old son, Will. Proud to have an EC family, McConnell says, "Will is a cross country star and a 2028 graduate of Emmanuel College!"
Look for Mr. McConnell across campus at athletic events this year — one can't miss his cheerful smile and charming bowties.
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