Kristin Smigielski

Dean of Enrollment Management at Parkland College

2021 AACRAO Elections - Nominations and Elections Committee Candidate

I currently serve as the Dean of Enrollment Management at Parkand College, a community college in east-central Illinois.  At Parkland, I have focused on process improvement and identifying key leaders within my area to help accomplish goals.  Previously, I spent 13 years in the Undergraduate Admissions office at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where I held a variety of positions, but most recently working with transfer students, transfer recruitment, and assisting the Director of Operations with day to day work within the unit, as well as strategic process improvement.  I served on the Executive Board for Illinois AACRAO for a total of four years, once as a District Chair and the other three years as President-Elect, President, and Past President.   I find great value in building relationships with colleagues at other institutions, and AACRAO has a very active membership that is willing to help one another, in any situation.   I have been a member of AACRAO since 2014 and have been interested in stepping into a leadership role with AACRAO.  I believe that my work experience as well as serving on Illinois AACRAO's Executive Board has provided me with experience in understanding the skillsets and attributes that it takes to be a strong leader.  I think that a leader has varied characteristics and is not just someone who takes control of a situation.  I have seen a little bit of everything when it comes to leadership.  My overall experience in working with different types of work styles would help me in this position.  I would welcome the opportunity to find these strong leaders for AACRAO in the future.