Martha Perkins was recently named Fort Hays State University's director of the Higher Education Opportunity Center in Garden City.
Perkins graduated from Garden City High School and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in developmental psychology from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Okla., and her master's degree in community counseling from FHSU.
"The director will be responsible for developing partnerships with community organizations, grassroots initiatives and community leaders to develop initiatives through the center which are responsive to the expressed needs and benefits of both FHSU and the local communities," said Dennis King, director of the Virtual College and Learning Technologies. "She will address the needs and concerns of the Hispanic community and develop community sensitive strategies and initiatives to facilitate future enrollments."
Perkins previously worked as a counseling coordinator in student support services for Garden City Community College.
"I am very excited about the new position and am thrilled that I can open up new doors to help students interested in an education," said Perkins. "Hopefully I can create more awareness about all the educational opportunities that are available at FHSU to not just the Hispanic community but also to southwest Kansas."