Whitehead named chief of staff to UMaine President Ferrini-Mundy

Kimberly Whitehead, who has served in faculty and administrative roles at public and private universities for nearly 20 years, has been named chief of staff to University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, effective July 15.

For the past five years, Whitehead has been at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she has served as interim associate vice president for academic affairs, vice provost for academic affairs, interim provost and vice president, and, most recently, program coordinator in the International Development Programs Office.

She also has held positions at West Virginia State University, Rowan University, Bowie State University and Shaw University.

In 2008, Whitehead founded Monarch Consulting Group, based in Salisbury, Maryland, and serves as the chief higher education consultant.

She holds a Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Norfolk State University. 

“Kimberly has diverse experience in higher education, and a strong commitment to institutional effectiveness and student success,” says Ferrini-Mundy. “I look forward to her joining the President’s Office team, and being a resource to the UMaine community and its stakeholders.”

Whitehead replaces Kenda Scheele, who since January has been serving as interim chief of staff in the President’s Office, in addition to her duties as associate vice president for student life and senior associate dean of students.