Interim Dean of Students


chrisDr. Christopher Summerlin is currently serving as the Interim Dean of Students for Kennesaw State University.  He has been at KSU since 2016 having served as the Assistant Dean of Students for Operations & Behavioral Response.  Dr. Summerlin is the chair of the Behavioral Response Team and manages the coordination of services, support, and intervention as needed for individuals reported for concern.  He also is the chair of the Student Activities Budget Advisory Committee (SABAC).  Prior to joining KSU, Dr. Summerlin was the Director of Housing and Residence Education at Morehead State University serving approximately 3,000 residential students and their families.  Additionally, he served at the director level or higher for over twelve years within residence life, student housing, and student conduct at public and private institutions within higher education. 

Dr. Summerlin has been a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences throughout his career.  He has presented for the Georgia Housing Officers, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, and had the honor of being the Keynote Speaker for the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers annual conference.  He has also been active in many professional organizations having previously served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Georgia Housing Officers and President of the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers.  Additionally, he was recognized for his service in 2012 with the Outstanding Professional Award by the Georgia Housing Officers, in 2015 with the Ruth Ann Howard Service Award by the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers, and in 2017 with the Rockovation Award for Innovention in Futuristic Course Design by the University of the Rockies. 

Dr. Summerlin has a B.A. in Communications at Brewton-Parker College; M.Ed in Instructional Technology at American InterContinental University; and Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University.  He holds certifications in Title IX, QPR: Suicide Prevention, and Campus Threat Management through the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association.  

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, weight lifting, running, and competing in outdoor obstacle course runs.  He has competed in numerous physical activities, such as the Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash.  His highlight being the successful completion of the “Dopey Challenge” at Disney World completing a 48.6 mile run (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon) over four consecutive days.