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Josh McKenzie

Assoc. Director & Director First-Year Experience

Assoc. Director & Director First-Year Experience


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  • Achiever

Joshua N. McKenzie is currently the Associate Director for NSFP/Director of First-Year Experience, after previously serving as the Assistant Director for the office. In his current position, he is responsible for creating, planning, and organizing programs and initiatives to support the transition of new students throughout their first year at Northwestern. He also is responsible for communication efforts of New Student and Family Programs (print, digital, social media) and assisting with the planning of Wildcat Welcome.

As an active member of the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (NODA), he currently serves on the association's Board and has previously held positions as the co-chair of the Highly Selective Institutions Network and on the Annual Conference Planning Committee. He received the 2012 Outstanding New Professional award from NODA.

Originally from Athens, Alabama, Joshua earned his B.S. in Electronic Media Communications and then Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs. His favorite aspects of Northwestern include the passion of the student body and proximity to Chicago.