Senior Vice President of Professional Development & Engagement
Kelley Blanchard serves on the executive team for Career Education Colleges and Universities as the Senior Vice President of Professional Development and Engagement. In this role, she leads the strategic development for all education and membership initiatives offered by the association.
Ms. Blanchard oversees the growth and implementation of all onsite meetings including the Annual Convention, Leadership Institute, Hill Day and the CEO Summit. In addition to these onsite offerings, she has managed the transition to both virtual and hybrid offerings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She works to bridge sector relationships amongst state associations as well as national and regional accreditors. She also works with campuses and national employers to create career curriculum pipelines and lasting employer partnerships for our graduates.
Under CECU’s branding she has published three editions of a “Report to Congress” featuring graduate success stories for outstanding students (2017), Veteran Graduates (2019) and COVID-19 first responders (2020). Additionally, she led two working groups responsible for developing the recommendations presented to the Department of Education in support of the Higher Education Jobs Bill and the Campaign to Commit 5 Million Career Professionals in the Decade Ahead.
Kelley Blanchard earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and is currently completing a Certificate program in ASL & English interpreting.