FAIRMONT, WV (LOOTPRESS) – “Fairmont State University has recently appointed Jeremiah Kibler to Director of Housing and Residence Life & Campus Judicial Officer.
With more than 20 years of experience managing residence halls, Kibler brings a thorough knowledge to his new position.
Prior to his recent promotion, Kibler was Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life at Fairmont State. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing four residence halls and more than 850 students. Over the years, Kibler has managed a number of university programs, including conference services, new student orientation, budget management and honors programming.
An interesting dynamic occurs when freshmen from different backgrounds are brought together, not only to live together in the same residence hall, but often to live in the same room.
‘When freshmen begin college, their dorm is the first place they get to know,’ Kibler said. ‘At Fairmont State, we know the importance of providing a safe, accepting home away from home. We have found that the best balance for students in residence halls is to provide them with a relaxed setting and reliable guidelines.’
Kibler noted that students adjust more quickly to their new living environment when there are defined policies in place. In his new role, he will continue to establish guidelines that promote fairness and respect. Students in residence halls learn about inclusivity, a principle that is high on Kibler’s list of values. Fairmont State is committed to helping students feel that they are part of the university community, from freshman year to senior graduation.
Kibler’s background in the management of university housing has given him the first-hand experience to effectively support students who are facing personal, academic or behavioral challenges. He has also supervised live learn communities and crisis management as they relate to university life. Kibler’s passion lies in working with students, nurturing their potential, and equipping them to become the next generation of West Virginia leaders.
As the judicial officer, Kibler conducts disciplinary hearings for students alleged to have violated university rules. His role is to ensure a fair and impartial hearing process and uphold the principles of due process and procedural fairness. ‘With a transparent system, students know they are treated fairly,’ Kibler said. ‘They learn accountability in a safe learning environment.’
‘Jeremiah brings a wealth of higher education experience in residence life, student crisis and student conduct to his position,’ Interim Vice President of Student Success Alicia Kalka said. ‘He is well respected for his dedication, student advocacy and hard work. I am excited for him and genuinely know that housing is in good hands. He and his team will take housing to new heights.’
Outside of the office, Kibler finds time to help a wide range of organizations in North Central West Virginia. For the past several years, he has served on the committee for Up All Night, an annual event for Fairmont State students to meet other students for late-night food, games and fun.
In 2023, Kibler was a West Virginia ambassador for the American Cancer Society’s Men Wear Pink campaign, a national initiative to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.
He has served as president and technology coordinator for the Monongalia chapter of Empty Bowls, an international program to fight hunger.
Kibler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with a concentration in broadcast news from West Virginia University. He later earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Studies, also from West Virginia University.
In his new role, Kibler continues to advocate for students, as well as provide resources for their success. ‘Our goal is to create a place where everyone feels at home,” Kibler said. “Students need to know their voices are heard.’l