Spring 2009 Faculty Files
Recruitment and Promotions Coordinator
Although Karen Kent originally planned to be at Xavier for only one year, she can now call the graduate program in health services administration home. Since she came on board in 2004, Kent has taught the Managerial Concepts, Strategic Management and Marketing and Capstone courses each year. Her favorite part about teaching at Xavier is the students. "I love working with them and watching them develop in so many ways," says Kent with a smile. Kent has had the opportunity to witness the impressive growth in students as a result of the courses she teaches. Managerial Concepts is one of the first classes students take, while the Capstone is completed right before they leave on their residencies.
It's very clear that Kent is a favorite among the students as well. Her courses are often very popular with the students because of Kent's enthusiasm and helpful attitude. Kent also has a special connection with the graduates, keeping in touch with many of them long after graduation.
Before coming to Xavier, Kent taught at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Loyola University of Maryland. She also held several administrative positions for the Johns Hopkins Health System and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her background includes clinical operations, research administration and managed care contracting. Kent is also very involved in community service. She is on the advisory board of Health Care Connection (Lincoln Heights Health Care) and is the past president of the Wyoming School Music Association. She is currently working on her doctorate through Miami University in social gerontology.
Kent lived in Baltimore for 12 years before moving to Cincinnati. She has two children, Lauren and Ian (ages 14 and 10), and enjoys hobbies such as cooking, reading and traveling. Her husband, Bill, is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. We look forward to having Kent as part of the faculty for many more years to come.