Provost Katie Conboy

Katie Conboy is Provost and Senior Vice President of Simmons University

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Dr. Katie Conboy was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President of Simmons University in July 2013. She is the chief academic officer (CAO) of the University and has over thirty years of experience in higher education. She serves on the President's Strategy Team, leads the Deans Council, and executes overall responsibility for Academic Affairs—including the curriculum, the deans and faculty of the four colleges, and all academic support services, such as Registrar, Library, Advising, Tutoring, Global Education, the Center for Excellence in Teaching, and the Career Education Center.

Since arriving at Simmons, Provost Conboy has been responsible for completely revising the undergraduate core curriculum, launching six online graduate programs, and redesigning the institution—moving Simmons from "College" to "University" status, creating four new interdisciplinary Colleges, and hiring their deans. She also led the institution-wide strategic planning process that produced Redesigning Simmons: The Plan for 2022, the current strategic plan for the university.

Dr. Conboy holds a B.A. (Honors) in English from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Notre Dame. She has published widely on British fiction, feminist theory, and Irish literature. In her role as Provost, she regularly presents at the annual meetings of several higher education organizations on topics such as the future of the liberal arts and liberal education; strategic planning; academic visioning; change management, and faculty work.

Dr. Conboy has served on (and chaired) the Chief Academic Officer Task Force of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), as well as on the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), and the Boards of Trustees for Boston College High School in Boston, MA, and Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, MA.