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Sara M. Kelly, PhD

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life/Learning Communities and Student Conduct


PhD in Higher Education Administration, University at Buffalo, SUNY

MS, Higher Education Administration, University at Buffalo, SUNY

MSed, Curriculum Specialist and Special Education, The College at Brockport, SUNY

BA in Spanish, The College at Brockport, SUNY

Hometown: Macedon, New York

Number of Years at Brockport: I've been working at Brockport since Fall 2007

What do you love about Brockport?

The people. We have such hard working, dedicated students faculty and staff that make Brockport a great place to grow. There are endless opportunities for all students.

What's the best part of your job?

I truly enjoy working with our students, faculty and staff. We have a great team in Residential Life/Learning Communities as well as in our division, so working together is truly a pleasure. We employ premier student leaders as Resident Assistants, who consistently grow and rise to the challenge throughout the year. Brockport is a great place to be!

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, baking, shopping, and watching movies. I consider myself active - I like to exercise and keep moving!

Any advice for first year students?

Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved on or off campus! Getting to know faculty and staff on campus will increase your chances of success and involvement which will help you achieve your goals. Our staff is here to help, so please keep us informed of how we can be of assistance.

Favorite Quote:

"Be the change you want to see in the world." Gandhi

Member of:

  • American College Personnel Association
    2011 & 2013 Residential Curriculum Institute Planning Committee Member and Presenter
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers International
    Certificate in Housing Assessment Committee Chair
    Certificate in Housing Assessment Recipient
  • Association of College Unions International
    2010 ACUI I-LEAD facilitator at the University of Northern Kentucky
    2011 Host Site Coordinator for I-LEAD at The College at Brockport
  • Association of Title IX Administrators
  • Rochester Education Foundation Board
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
    2013 Region 2 Conference Planning Committee, Educational Program Co-Chair
    2016 Program Reviewer: Assessment & Persistence Conference, and Region II Conference
  • National Symposium on Student Retention


  • Kathy Mangione Diversity Engagement Award, 2017
  • Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers
    2015 NEACUHO Women’s Issues Outstanding Achievement Award
  • State University of New York
    2015 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award: Living Learning Communities Program
  • University at Buffalo, SUNY
    2015 Edwin D. Duryea, Jr. Higher Education Memorial Award
  • College Student Personnel Association of New York State
    2011 Social Justice Innovation Award
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
    2011 NASPA Region 2 New Professional Award

Last Updated 10/6/17

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