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Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Kelly '10

jeff kelly

EdD Higher Education Leadership

Other Degrees

MS, College Student Development and Counseling, Northeastern University
BS, Marketing, University of Scranton


Towson, MD

Current Position

Associate VP for Student Affairs
Stevenson University

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My Widener Experience

why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in higher education administration at widener?

I chose to pursue the doctorate in higher education administration because I am passionate about helping college students earn their baccalaureate degree. It was my hope that pursuing the doctorate would provide me the opportunity to study the vast amount of research that has already been conducted on college students and also be able to contribute research of my own. In addition, I had come to the conclusion that if I wanted to advance to higher levels of administration within a college or university, a doctoral degree would be critical.

what made you choose widener?

Widener's excellent reputation was appealing to me. In addition, when I first met with the director of the higher education program, it was clear to me that the program would be rigorous, which was very important to me. Finally, I had a strong sense that Widener would be sensitive to the challenges that adult learners often experience.

My Professional Experience

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?

Higher education is a wonderfully challenging area of study. The issues in higher education are complex and we need more folks entering the profession who are going to help address these issues. If you intend to pursue a degree in higher education, make a commitment to give it the attention and dedication it deserves. 

what do you like most about your current position?

I entered this field because I strongly believe in the power of education. In my current role, I love that I can have a positive impact on a student's education each and every day. In addition, I also like the fact no two days are ever the same. The wide range of responsibilities and experiences that I have in my current role enables me to learn something new every time I come to work.