The Haile/US Bank College of Business is excited to announce the creation of the Center for Student Excellence. The center marks the beginning of a new era in fostering the growth of the Haile/US Bank College of Business and the success of its students and graduates.  All student advising in the college is now combined with improved connections to employers, increased connections to the regional business community, and professional development and coaching.  The new center will lead to a stronger competitive advantage for NKU students and graduates.

The center is led by Eileen Weisenbach Keller, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Students.  Dr. Weisenbach Keller is responsible for the vision, strategic direction, and overall operation of the center.  Dr. Weisenbach Keller joined NKU in 2006 and is a Professor of Marketing.  Her most recent leadership role in the college was as Corporate Hiring Manager.  In that role, she successfully initiated the college’s new “Hired!” program.  Dr. Weisenbach Keller also led the Business Experience Committee in the development of a new one credit hour professional development course, BUS 201 Haile Professionals.  In reflecting on her new role, Dr. Weisenbach Keller said, “Working with the capable team in advising and shaping an element of our college that helps students identify their passions and a path to success is a great fit for me. For years I have enjoyed developing internship and job opportunities for our students and helping them prepare to capitalize on those opportunities. The center is an opportunity to leverage this work, formalize it, and integrate it college-wide.”

Jessica Ferguson serves as Director of Academic Advising, with leadership responsibility for all academic advising functions.  Jessica holds a B.B.A. from the University of Kentucky and a M.B.A. from NKU.  She has served as an advisor/lecturer since 2010 and has been a nominee for NKU’s Outstanding Advisor Award for the last three years running.  Jessica has been responsible for our college’s signature Career Connections career fair, numerous other center events, and is very active in representing the college across campus in the development of new advising policies and tools.  She brings deep knowledge and a proactive, forward-thinking perspective to her new role.  She will also continue to teach the BUS 101: Introduction to Business course.

Within the center Olena Pilyayeva serves in the critical role of Director of Recruitment and Retention.  Olena holds both a B.S. and M.S. from State Kharkiv University of Technologies and Management in Ukraine and a M.B.A. from NKU.  She has been an advisor/lecturer since 2007 and has been nominated for NKU’s Outstanding Advisor award multiple times.  Olena brings vast knowledge and experience in recruitment and retention activities in the college and university, many of which she has created or led, to this keystone role.  Olena will also continue to advise students and teach the BUS 101: Introduction to Business course.

Other key contributors to the center include advisors Chris Bukas, Jillian Snider, and J. Human, Academic Assistant, Susan Keuper, Peer Advisor, Hardik Patel, and student employees Kayla Combs and Laura Kaufman.

Center for Student Excellence