Dr. Heather Kruse has served the Maricopa County Community College District for more than 21 years. She currently serves as Dean of Students Affairs at Phoenix College (PC) , a Hispanic Serving Institution, with an annual headcount over 17,000 students. In this leadership role at Phoenix College, Dr. Kruse provides leadership for enrollment services housed in a “One-Stop” student center, namely, recruitment, admissions and records, academic advising and transfer services, career services, financial aid, early college programs, student success and retention initiatives, student conduct, and Title IX investigations.
Dr. Kruse completed her doctorate and master’s degrees in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and her bachelor’s degree in English and Health Promotion/Wellness from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Her dissertation investigated the impact and efficacy of a college success course on first-term retention, fall-to-fall persistence, and three-year completion rates. She is also a contributing author of Developing Non-Hierarchical Leadership on Campus, Case Studies and Best Practices in Higher Education. Heather has committed her career to improving student outcomes, retention and success, creating inclusive environments, leadership development, and creating healthy academic communities.
Dr. Kruse, a first generation college student raised in rural Wisconsin, now enjoys living in Phoenix, AZ with her husband Craig and two daughters., Olivia and Lila.