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New director of Graduate Education joins SIUE

HennesseyShannon 001 smShannon Hennessey took over duties this summer as the new director of Graduate Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Jerry Weinberg, SIUE’s associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, said her responsibilities include administering programs and services for graduate students, assisting with graduate program assessment and review, and supporting the development and administration of new interdisciplinary graduate programs.

Hennessey (left) joined SIUE in 2001 serving as a hall director, academic advisor and instructor, and most recently as assistant director for First Year Services. In her 13 years with SIUE, she introduced drop-in advising in the Academic Advising Office and piloted group advising within the residence halls to students with intended majors in business and the health professions.

Hennessey has served on the campus-wide General Education Assessment Committee and chaired the office-wide Advising Assessment Committee. She worked extensively with first-year, continuing, transfer and international students. She also provided intensive support to under-prepared and academically recovering students.

A native of Henderson, Mich., who now resides in Collinsville, Hennessy earned a bachelor’s in public administration and a master’s in college student affairs and leadership from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at Saint Louis University.

Hennessey can be contacted at (618) 650-3164 or

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