Institute for Student Success

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Katie O’Brien

The Assistant Director, Student Success works to support and advance retention efforts. The Assistant Director provides oversight, management, and support for the academic early alert process and the programming around Academic Probation. The Assistant Director helps to identify, implement, and/or refer students to the appropriate interventions and resources to advance student success.


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