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Dr. Kari Enge leaves USC for Pepperdine
By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. (Contributing Editor)
Published October 6, 2011

Dr. Kari Enge leaving USC Office of Black Alumni and will be the new Director of Intercultural Affairs at Pepperdine University

It is with great sadness, and at the same time tremendous pride that the USC Black Alumni Programs Office says goodbye to assistant director Dr. Kari Enge as she moves on to accept a new position at Pepperdine, Seaver College.

Kari Enge has been an integral member of the USC Office of Black Alumni Program (OBAP) team since 2007.  OBAP provides campus-based support for the USC Black Alumni Association (BAA).   As the assistant director, Dr. Enge was responsible for supervising the BAA Scholars Program, which focused on the pre-professional development of BAA Scholars (currently 120 USC students), who are the recipients of BAA scholarship awards.    Additionally, Enge provided administrative support and coordination for several BAA alumni committees.  Prior to joining OBAP, Enge also served USC in various administrative capacities in the Office for Residential Education as a resident co-ordinator and  in the Center for Academic Support as a Disability Services Counselor.  Enge received her Ed. D. degree in 2010 and her M. Ed. in 2006, both from USC.

“Kari will be truly missed—she was a wonderful asset to the OBAP office and BAA programs as a concerned and vested professional.  Just as importantly, everyone who worked with her always enjoyed her sense of humor and bright perspective.  We wish her the best in her new position at Pepperdine, but we know she is a Trojan and BAA alumna at heart!”  stated Michelle Turner USC BAA executive director

At Pepperdine Dr. Enge will be the new Director of Intercultural Affairs.  She will be responsible for a wide variety of administrative, advisory, and supervisory duties related to intercultural and diversity education programs, student services, and the college student experience.  Enge will be responsible for leading a dynamic, comprehensive department that provides first-rate student development, learning experiences, and support services that prepare students from diverse social backgrounds with intercultural knowledge, competencies, and skills through the co-curriculum at Seaver College.  Her focus will be to create an environment that inspires innovation, and enables students to develop coherent values, ethical standards, and a framework for understanding diversity and inclusion.

When asked about Enge leaving USC, Donovan Green, who is a Director for AT&T Community Affairs had this to say “Dr. Kari Enge has played a critical role in the success of USC’s Black Alumni Program.  As a young adult, her greatest asset is her problem solving ability and work ethic.   I’m very confident Dr. Kari will be a great Director of Intercultural Affairs at Pepperdine University.”Another person who worked very closely with Dr. Enge is Donna Gholar, who serves as Chair of the USC BAA Scholarship Committee.  When asked what she thought of Enge moving on from USC into this new position, she had this to say “A wise man once said  ‘Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.’ I have every confidence that this new endeavor will further Kari’s development, enhance her ability greatly and she will be revealed as an asset to the success of the lives with whom she’ll touch.  Her influence is, and will continue to be, immeasurable. Congratulations and thank you for your unfailing commitment to the USC BAA Scholarship Committee.  It is with much love, respect and joy that we bid you farewell as you leave our warm embrace to share your talents with others.”

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