Kemal M. Atkins, Senior Consultant, AGB


Dr. Kemal Atkins is an experienced higher education executive. He has more than 25 years of institutional leadership experience and is a recognized authority on enrollment management, student success, intercollegiate athletics, organizational and leadership development, strategic planning, and crisis management. Atkins is currently a senior consultant at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). His consulting work focuses on institutional strategy and transformation practices such as business model innovation, revenue growth, leading change, and risk management and crisis recovery. Atkins takes his professional experience and scholarly work into the classroom as an adjunct associate professor of educational leadership at Delaware State University.

Atkins has held vice president positions at Keene State College and Delaware State University. He has held administrative positions at East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina System Office, and Appalachian State University and is the founding director of ThinkCOLLEGE, a college access program of Communities In Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Professional Credentials

Atkins earned his BA and MA degrees in English from Appalachian State University, and his EdD in educational leadership from Delaware State University. He also completed the American Academic Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Academy, Gavin de Becker & Associates’ Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Institute, and the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP).