Karen Kennedy

Director of Housing

Karen Kennedy

Beginning in 2014, Karen is responsible for the day to day operations of the Office of Housing, as well as helping inform the strategic vision for the future of Notre Dame's residential facilities.  She also supervises the Rector of the graduate communities, and works closely with the Residential Life Leadership Team in providing leadership and direction for the residential mission of the University's residential communities.

Previously, Karen served as Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Student Affairs at Notre Dame, with responsibilities including strategic planning, communications, coordination of the Division of Student Affairs professional development and meetings, and special projects.  Prior to returning to Notre Dame in 2012, Karen held positions of Director of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College for six years and as Administrator of the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College for two years.

During graduate school, she lived in residence as a Peer Minister and held internships in judicial affairs and university advancement, as well as various other leadership positions at Boston College. During her tenure in Student Affairs, Karen has been a member of the Campus Life Council, the Graduate Housing Task Force and the Orientation Review Team.  She co-chaired the internal professional development committee STAR-ND, created and implemented the first year of the New Kids on the Quad program for new Division employees, co-chaired the host committee for the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities Conference, and coordinated the University's pregnancy support program.  She was integrally involved in the review of support for LGBTQ students at Notre Dame and the resulting pastoral plan, while serving as advisor to the Core Council for GLBQ students during its final year of existence.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Science-Business with a concentration in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service from Notre Dame and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.