Kishmar A. Best, PhD

Director, Graduate Diversity Initiatives

 352 392 6444


Kishmar A. Best serves as Director for the Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives. In this role, Dr. Best oversees the Graduate School’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse graduate student body. This includes providing graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with funding, programs and services to support their pursuit of graduate education. 

Dr. Best holds a BS in Business Administration, in addition to a master’s degree and PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership, from the University at Albany. Prior to joining the Graduate School, Dr. Best served in a variety of roles within student affairs and graduate enrollment management at multiple research universities.