Marlesa Ann Roney

School of Education - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D., Student Personnel Administration, Purdue University
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 410
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Marlesa A. Roney, Ph.D., serves as Professor of Practice in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department of the School of Education at the University of Kansas, a position she has held since January 2012. She currently teaches graduate courses in student affairs administration, higher education law, and supervises the doctoral field experiences and masters level for-credit internships.

Prior to her appointment as a faculty member, Roney completed 30 years of service in higher education administration, including Vice Provost for Student Success at the University of Kansas, Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Akron, and Registrar at Purdue University. She earned her Ph.D. at Purdue University in Student Personnel Administration, and Master of Science in Counseling and Personnel Services and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and in Elementary Education at Kansas State University.

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Ph.D., Student Personnel Administration, Purdue University

M.S., Counseling and Personnel Services, Kansas State University

B.S., Elementary Education, Kansas State University

B.S., Psychology, Kansas State University


Summary: Over 30 years of progressive administrative experience in large public universities and over 10 years of experience teaching graduate coursework in higher education administration. Proven senior leadership, management, problem-solving and communication skills. Strong commitment to creating a collaborative, diverse work environment with a focus on student success. Significant experience in student retention research, enrollment forecasting, enrollment management, strategic planning and program development. Solid technical skills. I value integrity, diversity, teamwork, collaboration, employee development, excellence and continuous improvement.


ELPS 781: Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education

ELPS 981: Higher Education Law

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Teaching Interests

  • Higher education administration, student affairs administration, higher education law, strategic planning, leadership, change management.

Research Interests

  • Student persistence through degree completion
  • Students services administration in higher education

Selected Awards & Honors

School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
Professor Lisa Wolf-Wendel is president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
Alumni of the department head higher education institutions, school districts, and schools across the nation
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