Kenneth D. Kitts, Ph.D.

Dr Ken Kitts - UNA President

Dr. Ken Kitts became president of the University of North Alabama on March 30, 2015. Prior to joining UNA, Dr. Kitts served in various academic and administrative positions at institutions in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Dr. Kitts earned the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in political science and also holds a post-graduate certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. Dr. Kitts’ academic interests include the American presidency, national security, and executive advisory systems. He is the author of an award-winning book on presidential commissions and has published numerous articles, reviews, and commentaries on topics dealing with both political science and higher education.

As president of UNA, Dr. Kitts has focused his efforts on expanding academic opportunities, enhancing the student experience, and promoting the University to external constituencies. He has presided over record enrollment growth and secured the funds necessary to develop new academic programs and facilities. He works closely with faculty and staff to ensure that growth aligns well with the University’s identity, strategic priorities, and commitment to region and state. A self-proclaimed professor at heart, Dr. Kitts still finds time to teach to underscore his personal commitment to students and his belief in engaged leadership.

Dr. Kitts is a fan of Lion Athletics and led the successful transition of UNA to Division I status in the NCAA classification system. Along with his family, he is known for his support of student events and involvement in a wide range of campus activities.

Dr. Kitts serves on a variety of governing boards including the Business Council of Alabama, the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, and the President’s Council of the ASUN Athletic Conference. He is a member of Leadership Alabama and the Florence Rotary Club.

Dr. Kitts and his wife, Dena, are the proud parents of sons Colin and Corbin. The family lives in the President’s Home on the beautiful and historic UNA campus and are next-door neighbors to Leo III, the African lion that serves as the university’s mascot.