Institute for Student Success

Photo of Katie O'Brien
Photo of Katie O’Brien

Katie O’Brien

The Director of the Institute for Student Success works across the campus to best support students throughout their Ursinus experience.


Katie comes to Ursinus from Drexel University where she served as Senior Academic Advisor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions since 2016. In addition to focusing on strategies and supports that foster academic success for college students, Katie enjoys collaborating with staff and faculty. 

In her downtime, Katie loves to cook and bake, read, and spend time with her husband and rescue dog, Piper.


  • B.A., Psychology, Widener University
  • M.S., Counseling, Villanova University 
  • Ed.D. Candidate, Rowan University