Meet the Disability Services Staff
Dr. Kimberly O. McManus, Director, Disability Support Services
Bringing years of experience as an administrator of and Director of Disability Services at a wide range of institutions from Clemson University to Piedmont Technical College to, most recently, Montgomery College, Dr. McManus’ extensive background with disability services complements a terrific, student-centered professional background. That background also includes years of teaching experience (both secondary and post-secondary) as well as counseling and advising experience in addition to her administrative roles in disability services. With degrees in special education, guidance and counseling, pastoral ministries, and leadership, Dr. McManus has also led writing and reading center initiatives locally and brings an excellent understanding of diverse needs including work with English Language Learners; she has also worked on retention initiatives. In other words, Dr. McManus brings a diverse background with a singular focus: commitment to students.
At Trinity, Dr. McManus is responsible for providing academic accommodations to students who have documented disabilities and who self-identify as needing services. Dr. McManus also advises faculty and staff on best practices for students with disabilities in higher education as well as facilitates conversations between faculty/staff and students to help students fully access campus programs, services and facilities.
Dr. McManus holds her Doctor of Education in Higher Education with an emphasis on Community College Leadership from Morgan State University, Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Payne Theological Seminary, Master of Education Degree in Counseling from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Clemson University. She is also a certified special education teacher. As a minister, Dr. McManus was ordained as an itinerant deacon in the African American Episcopal Church March 2019 and immediately was given her first pastoral appointment. Rev. Dr. McManus won the Inspired Educator Award, which was hosted by PeopleSoft Admin In Kansas City, MO, April 2018. Outside of work, Rev. Dr. McManus also has a very creative nature as she is a songstress, poet, and artist. She published “Promoting Self-Esteem in Students” for the Learning Center Exchange. She has sang at the Kennedy Center with the Men and Women of the Gospel and performed with traveling plays and other groups. She is also a vocalist on “Loose the Praise” with the group Living Soul, where the second song “Help Me” was composed from a poem she wrote. She published her first volume of poetry: Unrehearsed Rhythms, Rhymes, & Thoughts (Ilon Press) in January 2015. It is now available on Amazon Kindle (March 2016) and Amazon Paperback.
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