Marion McKinney describes herself as a lifelong learner, embracing every experience as a growth opportunity. She is a two-time alumna of West Chester University. Earning her B.S. in Criminal Justice, minoring in Speech Communications and German and her M.S. in Higher Education Counseling. Marion has worked in Higher Education for 27 years, 21 of those years at West Chester University. She serves as Senior Director of Residence Life and Housing Services. As Senior Director, Marion provides vision and strategic direction for all aspects of Residence Life and Housing Services. She provides leadership and oversight of a multi-faceted programming operation and provides fiscal oversight utilizing multiple budget outlets to support programming endeavors as well as building revitalization and renovation.
She currently serves as Faculty/Staff Advisor for the Miss West Chester University organization, who’s winners have contributed to changing the fabric of their community on and off campus. She also advises Circle K and Bridges International. Marion is also a nationally certified Self Defense Instructor (R.A.D. Systems) and serves as the Director for Pennsylvania. Marion has a passion for serving students and provides formative learning opportunities for students and staff daily. Her work was recognized at a PASSHE Student Affairs conference where she received the Suzanne S. Brown – Outstanding Professional Award
In her free time, Marion services on Borough Council, chairs the public works committee and is a member on the Budget committee and Streets, Road and Public Safety committee.
Marion is married to Todd McKinney who serves as Associate Dean of Students at Ursinus College. Together they have two beautiful humans, their daughter, Taylor (19) who attends West Chester University and son Morgan who is a freshman in high school attending Perkiomen Valley High School and a new family member Winston Oliver McKinney who joined the family household on March 29, 2020. The family enjoys taking Winston for long walks and generally just spending time together playing board games, watching sports of all kinds, and learning new things like the piano. Marion has been a Collegeville resident since 1998.