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Kirk McConnell
Kirk McConnell
Title: Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Success
Phone: 706-245-2890

Kirk McConnell is an Emmanuel College Alumnus, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Following Emmanuel, Kirk finished his graduate work at Georgia State with the equivalent of a double Master’s in professional counseling and Christian Counseling. Currently, Kirk is in the process of completing his dissertation and his focus will be an Ed.D in Educational Leadership. Kirk spent 6 years working at EC as an academic advisor before choosing to go into full time ministry. After a 12 year stint in the ministry field, Kirk felt called to come to Emmanuel and is currently serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Affairs. During the last 18 months, since Kirk’s return to Emmanuel, the athletic department has had an increased focus to individualized academic assistance. In 2017, Kirk launched DASH (directed athletic study hall) which provides 20 hours a week of supervised academic support to all student athletes.  Kirk also has worked extensively at continuing to polish a program called The Lion Way, formerly known as PASS. This program is designed to address the specific needs of incoming freshman that present as "at-risk" students based on any number of factors. Kirk is directly responsible for the academic advisement of our student athletes and works closely with faculty to ensure that student-athletes are being appropriately advised. Kirk also works directly with the BRIDGE program that allows any faculty or staff member to submit an alert on a student at any time, for any reason during the course of the semester. These alerts are funneled through his office and best practices are used to communicate with students. Kirk also has spearheaded the Student Athlete Leadership Academy which is a co-curricular initiative to invest leadership skills into players that our coaches have deemed as leaders. During Kirk’s time at Emmanuel College, EC athletics have finished first in the number of presidential honor roll student in Fall 2017 with a record setting 331 athletes and the athletic department has seen two of the highest overall GPA’s in recent history. 

Kirk live in Royston with his wife Stephanie and their son Will. 

Kirk's 2018-19 Committment:

"To be excellent in all that I do and to encourage excellence in others. Being reminded that excellence does not mean perfection, but simply doing the absolute best with what we have."