Tameka Herrion, former scholarship manager for the St. Louis Community Foundation, has been named the new director of College Planning at Southeast Missouri State University.
A Southeast alumna, Herrion will begin her new duties Sept. 1 and will represent Southeast in the St. Louis metropolitan area, developing and delivering impactful educational programming to promote college and career planning.
“I am ecstatic to be rejoining the Southeast family, though I don’t feel as if I’ve ever really left,” Herrion said. “This has been a dream job for many years, and I can’t wait to get started helping to support students and families in their college planning process. This position has the potential to make a tremendous impact in the St. Louis region, and I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to lead this initiative.”
Herrion will enhance Southeast’s long-standing commitment to helping students prepare for and succeed in college, building relationships with students, families and organizations supporting postsecondary education, according to Dr. Debbie Below, vice president of enrollment management and student success.
The director of College Planning will provide group and individual assistance to students and families with admissions, financial aid and scholarship processes; and plan events and offer presentations promoting college readiness for students, families and schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
With nearly 40 percent of first-time college students who attend Southeast coming from the St. Louis metropolitan area and nearly half of all Southeast’s graduates returning to the metro area for work upon graduation, assisting students as they plan their futures is essential, Below said. In addition, Southeast’s outreach efforts will focus on supporting college and career planning for underrepresented student populations and their families.
Herrion will also participate in Southeast recruitment events in the St. Louis metropolitan area and represent the University at on-campus recruitment events.
Herrion earned a Bachelor of Science in health management in 2002 and a Master of Arts in higher education administration in 2005, both from Southeast. Since that time, she has been employed at Ranken Technical College, serving as director and academic coordinator for the TRIO Student Support Services program from 2005-2015, before moving to the St. Louis Community Foundation.
She serves on the Educational Opportunity Association Foundation Board and has been co-chair of their scholarship committee for a 10-state-region. In addition, she is a member of and has served on multiple committees for the Better Family Life and the Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership’s Regional Community Advisory Group; the Educational Opportunity Association (formerly the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel); the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association; and the Matthews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club People Offering Leadership Opportunities Committee.
Herrion has presented at multiple conferences about scholarships and grants for higher education, financial aid planning and decision-making, and connecting students to financial resources.
She has two sons, Donovan, 13, and Dominic, 8.