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Meet the First Lady

Kitts familyDena Kitts is the wife of President Ken Kitts and First Lady of UNA. She earned a baccalaureate degree in English from Francis Marion University with minors in Spanish and history. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English National Honor Society, and has post-graduate coursework in school pyschology. Dena's professional career spanned nine years in Human Resources at her alma mater where she wrote university policies, created the departmental website, and managed OSHA compliance training. She also received certification as a college career counselor, with emphasis in resume writing and interview skills. She has been inducted into Who's Who of Professionals and was a member of Leadership Florence (SC) class of 2001.

Since her arrival on campus in 2015, Dena has been an avid supporter of student success and an enthusiastic promoter of UNA. In addition to attending campus and community events, Dena devotes her time to numerous organizations including the Shoals Symphony at UNA Board, Interior Design Advisory Board, Merchandising Advisory Board, UNA Summer Theater Advisory Board, Derby Day Planning Committee, Kilby Laboratory School Parent Advisory Board, and The Healing Place Fundraising Committee.

Dena lends her HR experience each year to UNA's Mock Interview Day, an event organized by the Career Center and focused on preparing college seniors for the job market. She and President Kitts enjoy interacting with current students and alumni throughout the year by attending various events on and off campus. To foster school spirit, Dena has participated in "First Pitch" ceremonies to open athletic events, judged Homecoming activities, and even returned to her drum major roots by directing UNA's award-winning Pride of Dixie band.

In her spare time, Dena enjoys writing, photography, and traveling. As proud as she is of her many university and civic duties, Dena's greatest and most important role is being mom to Colin (11) and Corbin (7).

LaGrange and the Kitts
Mrs. Kitts first pitch softball
Mrs. Kitts directing UNA Pride of Dixie