Keri Burns

Keri Burns, M.Ed.

Director, Career Services

Phone: 678-839-6431 | Fax: 678-839-6432

Email:  kburns@westga.edu

Office: Row Hall 3rd Flr, "W"

Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Biography

    Keri Burns arrived at the University of West Georgia in August 2013 and has over 9 years of career services and employer relations experience. Prior to joining UWG, Keri was the Director of Career Services at her alma mater; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and served as Assistant Director of Recruitment Operations at Texas Christian University's Neeley School of Business. She was responsible for cultivating employer relationships, expanding employment opportunities for MBA students/alumni, and facilitating employer participation from various industries. Keri also has worked at Southeast Missouri State University as their Experiential Learning Coordinator where she developed and managed the internship process for both undergraduate and graduate students. As a career services professional, she strongly believes that students should be empowered to become proactive in their own career development and strives to provide opportunities for students to connect with employers, both off and on campus.

    Her credentials include completing NACE's Management Leadership Institute, being actively involved in several professional associations including the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the MBA Career Services Council (MBACSC) and presenting at numerous regional and national conferences. Keri holds both her B.S in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration and M.S Ed in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. As the Director, Keri Burns oversees budgeting, personnel and strategic planning for the University of West Georgia Career Services department.

    In her free time, Keri enjoys playing golf and spending time with her family while getting to know her way around the beautiful state of Georgia.


    Education/Degrees

    • M.Ed., Workforce Education and Development (Human Resources Management), Southern Illinois University Carbondale,
    • B.S., Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, Southern Illinois University Carbondale,

    General Responsibilities

    *Provides strategic and forward-looking leadership for the delivery of University Career Services including Student Employment (America Reads, Community Service), Career Development (Counseling, Assessments, Job Search, Resume/Cover Letter Writing) and Employer Relations (Career Fairs, On-Campus Interviews, Job Postings) *Oversee fiscal planning and budget development *Lead a team of (10) professional staff, (3) graduate assistants and (3-4) student assistants


    Professional Associations

    *National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) *National Career Development Association (NCDA) *Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers (GACE) *Georgia Career Development Association (GCDA) *University System Committee-Career Services & Cooperative Education (USC-CACE) *Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)


    Length of Time at the University

    Since August 2013