Kelly Brochu, Ed.D.
Assistant to the President for Special Projects, Regis College
Dr. Kelly Brochu (she/her) has served NASPA in various roles for nearly a decade, and is currently the Region I KC Representative for the Adult Learner and Students with Children Knowledge Community. Kelly was also the 2021 recipient of the NASPA Orientation, Transition, and Retention Knowledge Community Research Award for her doctoral research entitled, “Wearing Multiple Hats towards the Graduation Cap: Navigating Role Conflict through a Master’s Degree in Higher Education.” This research contributed to scholarship around the adult learner and graduate student experience, with a conceptual framework pertaining to role conflict and transition. Kelly also currently serves as Assistant to the President for Special Projects at Regis College in Weston, MA. In this role, Kelly works in concert with Graduate and Professional Studies to serve adult learners and post-traditional learners to bolster support and offerings that are tailored to all learners. Kelly’s professional experience highlights the eclectic portfolio of a utility player in higher education. This is embodied through her prior role overseeing her institution’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination compliance, and serving pre-college programming and residence life even earlier in her career. Out of all of these roles, Kelly is most proud of her identity as a first generation college student across her degrees, and strives to ensure institutions best support first generation students and their families through their college trajectories.