Brenda Burke and Sean Broghammer Join Kent State
Just as Kent State was transitioning to social distancing and working from home, two new employees were beginning their roles with the university: Brenda Burke as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Financial Aid; and Sean Broghammer as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Admissions.
Effective mid-March, Brenda Burke is responsible for the development of comprehensive strategic planning as it relates to student financial aid and scholarship functions. She provides leadership and oversight of student financial aid and scholarship operations.
“We are very excited to welcome Brenda to our team,” said Mary G. Parker, vice president for Enrollment Management. “Her extensive knowledge of strategic planning and enrollment management initiatives focused on scholarships and financial aid will be very pivotal in moving our division forward.”
Previously, Brenda served as executive director of University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the University of Utah, where her primary responsibility was oversight of university scholarship and financial aid operations. Before that she served as the financial aid director of Compliance and Reporting at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Brenda holds a Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Radford University.
She resides in Kent with her dog Kado, a German Shepard/Husky mix. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys reading, trying new recipes, and taking day trips and nature walks.
Also beginning his new role in mid-March, Sean Broghammer is responsible for the leadership, oversight and management of the Office of Admissions and all its functions.
“With his extensive leadership experience, Sean is a welcome addition to our division,” said Parker. “His background in strategic enrollment, including complex recruitment and enrollment strategies, will serve Kent State well.”
Sean most recently served as the Interim Assistant Vice President of Strategic Enrollment at the University of Northern Colorado. In this role, Sean co-led the creation and implementation of the university’s first strategic enrollment plan to increase first year and transfer student enrollment, improve retention and graduation rates, and eliminate achievement gaps.
He also served as Director of Admissions at the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. Sean also earned a Master of Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University.
Sean and his wife Becky reside in Stow and spend most weekends supporting their three children – Julia, Davis and Cullen – in youth sports and community activities. New to Ohio, the Broghammers are excited to explore the local area and experience new adventures in the region.