Abby Coffin serves as the Interim Director for the Office of First-Year Experience. In this role, she oversees programs designed to challenge and support first-year students and help them establish a strong foundation for earning a KU degree. The Office of First-Year Experience includes orientation programs, welcome week and transition programs, first year seminars, learning communities, and the KU Common Book Program. In addition to these responsibilities, Abby serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center. She has previously held roles in the Provost’s Office and the Schools of Engineering and Business and has served the University of Kansas since 2005.
Abby is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University where she received her B.A. in Agriculture and a minor in Business. After coming to work at the University of Kansas, she earned both a Master’s in Public Administration and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as a part time student. She, her husband, and two daughters live and work on their farm near McLouth, Kansas.
Abby is involved in several campus initiatives advocating for undergraduate students at the University. As a former transfer student, she is especially passionate about transfer students and increasing access, services and resources for this student population. She serves in leadership roles for NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
"My first year in college, I learned the importance of getting involved on campus and finding a group of people with common interests. I attended a community college on a livestock judging scholarship, and found true connections with others as a result of our shared involvement. In my first year as a transfer student, I was reminded of the importance of this. I was a commuting student, working nearly 30 hours per week to pay for my education. While it was challenging to get involved and balance my work and school commitments, it was critical to my success and well-being as a student.