Mississippi University for Women alumna Asia Duren has been named director of student life.

“I am thrilled to welcome Asia back to the student life family. Beyond her passion for this university, she is bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in almost every area of the student life umbrella. I have no doubt that the student experience will be enhanced through her leadership,” said Jess Harpole, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

As director of student life, Duren will provide leadership for student events and initiatives, coordinate Welcome Week, serve as a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team and develop a marketing and publicity plan for student life programs.

“As a student, I was heavily involved in The W Leadership Program, the Student Programming Board and social clubs. I am thrilled to work with the Student Life team to build upon these programs and establish new opportunities for our current and future students,” said Duren.

“I hold my time as a student at The W near and dear to my heart, and I am excited to make new memories and create those experiences for current and future students.”

A 2017 graduate of The W, Duren was a member of W Leadership Program, Student Programming Board, Ina E. Gordy Honors College, Lockheart Social Club, Student Alumni Ambassador and the MUW Spectator.

Prior to joining The W, Duren served as program manager for Student Organizations & Involvement at Florida State University since August 2019. Her responsibilities at FSU included the registration and leadership development of more than 600 student organizations, planning involvement fairs, tailgates and an annual leadership awards night.

Duren served as an adviser for Relay for Life, Engagement Ambassadors, The Big Event and the university Homecoming Council. Her accomplishments include hosting the largest involvement fair in FSU history, with 425 student organizations participating and more than 8,000 students in attendance.

Duren holds a Master of Education degree from Mississippi State University and Bachelor of Science degree from The W.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

Be Bold. Tower with Blue.