Missouri Western State University has hired Kay-Lynne Taylor as director of the Career Development Center at Missouri Western State University.

“We’re excited to bring Kay-Lynne to Missouri Western, with her breadth of student affairs experience,” said Shana Meyer, vice president of student affairs. “In her role as director, she will help students develop their skill sets for undergraduate jobs and lifelong careers. She will also be an asset in expanding the connections Missouri Western has with employers and internship sites across the region and nation for our students and graduates.”

As director of the Career Development Center, Taylor will oversee programs and services that will help Missouri Western students and alumni develop lifelong career planning and job search skills. Among other activities, the center provides career advising, manages on-campus employment opportunities and organizes job fairs.

Prior to coming to Missouri Western, Taylor served as director of Student Services and Housing & Residential Life at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg since 2007. She also served as director of Housing and Residence Life at the University of West Florida and associate director of Housing, Residence Life and Physical Plant at Florida Atlantic University. She also held several administrative positions at Iowa State University.

Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a Master of Arts in Integrated Fine Arts from Iowa State University.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.