Kristen Taylor to Lead WWU Women's Residence Halls

Taylor Chosen as Head Dean of Women

By: Rachel Wood

Kristen Taylor, formerly the associate dean of women at Walla Walla University, has been named the new head dean of women. She began her new position July 1.

“Becoming dean of women has always been a dream of mine,” Taylor says, reflecting on her new leadership position.

Taylor knew as a college student that she wanted to be a dean. While a WWU student, Taylor became a student missionary and served as a taskforce dean at her alma mater, Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho. During her year there, she sensed the Lord’s call to become a leader in campus residential life.

Bringing nine years of deaning experience to her new role, Taylor draws from previous work in residence hall life at WWU, Southern Adventist University, and Indiana Academy. Because of her 14 summers of involvement at Camp Ida-Haven, she has learned the value of hands-on learning and training as well as appreciates the ability to maintain connections and relationships outside of the residence hall. She encourages students to become involved in the summer camp ministry.
“My goal this year is to be a resource for students, faculty, and staff alike while helping to create a residence hall program that residents and staff will be proud to be a part of,” she says. Taylor’s enthusiasm for being a part of the WWU residence hall community is something that she hopes to share with the residents.

As dean of women, Taylor will oversee the residents of Foreman and Conard halls, which are almost at capacity for next school year. Currently, 437 students have reserved their rooms. She will also lead in facility management, implementing residence hall programming, and supervising the resident assistants program.
Taylor enjoys working with the resident assistants and students on planning events, especially when the women’s dorms collaborates and organizes activities with the men’s residence halls, the Associated Students of Walla Walla University, and other campus organizations.

Since dorm students spend most of their time in the residence hall, Taylor wants to make sure that they feel comfortable and at home during their stay, while also having many opportunities to participate in events and activities on campus.

When she’s not working, Taylor enjoys reading, traveling, board games, and spending time with friends. She has two dogs, Bailey and Pepper.

Taylor is a 2005 WWU graduate where she earned her bachelor of arts degree with a major in speech communication and minors in drama and religion. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership.


Published August 5, 2013.

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