Dean of Students, Harvard University

Katie O'Dair

Katie O'Dair is the Dean of Students at Harvard College. In her role, she oversees Harvard’s distinctive residential and co-curricular experience including first-year Yard life, the distinctive upper-class House system, student engagement, leadership, and creating an inclusive and welcoming community experience for Harvard students. Katie joined the Harvard College community in 2016. Her professional experience spans nearly three decades, and most recently she served as the associate vice president for Student Affairs at Boston College and prior to that as Assistant Dean in the division of student life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a master’s degree in student personnel and counseling from Northeastern University, and a PhD in higher education from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her expertise and scholarly interests include student engagement, student learning, and assessment in student affairs.

Katie is active in Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and is currently serving on the 2019 Conference Committee in Los Angeles. She also serves as an evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and as a member of the Board of Trustees of a private secondary school in the Boston area. She is a competitive master’s swimmer, avid runner and serves on the volunteer leadership team for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC). In addition, she has been a contributing feature writer to Swimmer magazine.