The Golden Grizzlies graduated 90 percent from 2006-2009 cohort.
The men’s basketball team holds an 82 percent rate.
This is the second year in a row an Oakland athlete has been awarded the scholarship
The athletic department became a campus partner with VARC.
He comes to Oakland from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and will begin on Oct. 8.
Holly Kerstner was named Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator in September 2014 and was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director in January 2017. She serves on the executive leadership team and oversees academic services. She previously served as Assistant AD for Student-Athlete services, a position created to help Oakland student-athletes succeed in the classroom as well as in competition. Kerstner joined the Oakland University staff in 2006.
Under her guidance, Oakland has led the Horizon League in Academic Honor Roll selections in all six semesters the Golden Grizzlies have competed inside the league. Oakland teams consistently produce a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and set a department-best 3.24 overall GPA during the 2015 Fall Semester. The Golden Grizzlies followed that up with a 3.21 overall GPA after the 2016 Winter/Spring Semester. Another first for Oakland was the men's basketball team achieving a 3.0 GPA for the first time in program history.
Student-Athletes continue to be the very best Oakland University students on campus. Several student-athletes have been named Wilson Award winners, the most prestigious award handed out by the university for academic, leadership and community service efforts. In 2015, Oakland's Spencer Marentette and Julianne Boyle received the Horizon League's Post-Graduate Scholarships.
Kerstner oversees the Grizzly Center for Graduates and Champions, the academic center for student-athletes which provides tutorial support and other resources to assist them in the classroom. Additionally, Kerstner oversees the Lifeskills program which aids student-athletes in making the transition between university life and post-graduation responsibilities. In her capacity as SWA, she will ensure gender equity within the athletic department and deal with Title IX issues that may arise.
Prior to joining the Oakland staff, Kerstner served a four-year stint at Radford University as the Director of Student-Athlete Support Services. She oversaw all academic services, including the tutorial center and advising. Kerstner was also the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor at Radford.
Kerstner spent four years at the University of Detroit Mercy as the Director of Advising and Academic Services before moving along to Radford. Her duties included admitting, advising and counseling student-athletes, as well as conditionally admitting students and overseeing the learning center.
A 1995 graduate of Concordia University in Wisconsin, Kerstner earned a bachelor's degree in social work as well as a bachelor's of art. She earned a Master's degree in student personnel administration with an emphasis in counseling from Concordia in 1999. While at Concordia, Kerstner served as a resident director and an alcohol and drug educator.