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Monday, Feb. 26, 2024
The Observer

Residential life associate VP vacancy filled

The University announced Thursday Karen Kennedy was appointed associate vice president for residential life, effective 2024 spring.

She replaces Heather Rakoczy Russell, whose 12-year tenure as associate vice president for residential life ended Sept. 15. 

Kennedy has been a senior advisor to the executive vice president since early 2022. This semester Kennedy chaired the working group that recommended the University ban the operation of electric scooters on campus.

In her new role, Kennedy shall oversee 33 undergraduate communities, Notre Dame's on-campus graduate communities and residential master planning. 

Kennedy earned her bachelor's degree from Notre Dame in 2003 and has previously worked for the University in student affairs and for ND Innovates.

“I am thrilled that she will return to the division of student affairs to strategically and thoughtfully lead a team that supports student belonging, helps students to integrate their academic and social lives, and encourages students to cultivate their gifts, talents and interests at Notre Dame and beyond,” vice president for student affairs Fr. Gerard Olinger said in a news release.