Jennifer Tharp

Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services

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Jennifer Tharp


As the Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services and Director of Student Success at The King’s College, Jennifer Tharp leads retention and persistence strategies to support student learning and success. She is responsible for the development and implementation of academic support programming, advising, and student persistence and retention. She also supports the work of faculty by consulting on best practices for student success and facilitating academic policy.

After first joining The King’s College in 2009, Jennifer became the Director of Student Services in 2010 and then developed the Office of Student Success at King’s in 2014.

Jennifer earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Success at Azusa Pacific University’s School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences. Her research focused on college student thriving and the psychosocial factors that support student thriving, learning, and success in college.

Time at King's: June 2009 to Present


Ph.D. Higher Education, Student Success
Azusa Pacific University

M.Ed. Student Affairs
Regent University

B.S. Family Studies
Union University