Meet the First Lady

First Lady of UNA Dena Kitts

Dena Kitts is the wife of President Ken Kitts and First Lady of UNA. She earned a baccalaureate degree in English from Francis Marion University with minors in Spanish and history. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English National Honor Society. She received post-graduate certification in career counseling, with emphasis in resume writing and interview skills. She has been inducted into Who's Who of Professionals and was a member of Leadership Florence (SC) class of 2001. Dena's professional career spanned nine years in Human Resources at the university level.

Since her arrival on campus in 2015, Dena has been an avid supporter of student success and an enthusiastic promoter of UNA. She devotes her time to numerous organizations including the Shoals Symphony at UNA Board of Directors, Derby Day Planning Committee, and the Kilby Laboratory School Parent Advisory Board. She also assists the UNA Career Center each year with Speed Networking interviews which gives experiential, one-on-one interview practice to UNA students entering the job market. To foster school spirit, Dena has participated in "First Pitch" ceremonies to open athletic events, judged Homecoming activities, and even returned to her drum major roots by directing UNA's award-winning Marching Pride of North Alabama band.

Dena’s current passion is her Women of Influence initiative, which she founded and currently co-chairs. WOI is a dynamic group of diverse women leaders who have come together to elevate and empower student success through philanthropic enterprise.

In her spare time, Dena enjoys writing, photography, and traveling. As proud as she is of her many university and civic duties, Dena's greatest and most important role is being mom to Colin and Corbin.

LaGrange and the Kitts
Mrs. Kitts first pitch softball
Mrs. Kitts directing the Marching Pride of North Alabama