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Higher education leader to helm new student success collaborative

Massa-McKinley brings more than 15 years of experience to innovative initiative
Lilly Massa-McKinley

FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Lilly Massa-McKinley, a career leader in higher education with a focus on improving equity and student outcomes, will serve as executive director for the new Kentucky Student Success Collaborative.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), which created the collaborative this year, announced her appointment today. Massa-McKinley has worked in higher education for more than 15 years, serving in an array of areas that include crisis counseling, community engagement, access and success support, career development and strategic partnerships.

Most recently, she served as the assistant vice president for career development and strategic partnerships at Bellarmine University, where her efforts focused on collaboration, partnership development and student success.

In her new role, Massa-McKinley will work with CPE leadership along with an advisory committee for the collaborative. She will lead a team of two professionals and help develop CPE’s new strategic agenda, which will guide state efforts to enhance educational achievement across Kentucky.

Massa-McKinley received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in student affairs administration from Indiana University, and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.

In addition to her work at Bellarmine University, Massa-McKinley played an instrumental role in the 55,000 Degrees Initiative in Louisville, where she convened and facilitated collaborative action networks with university, community college, K-12 and community partners. The work centered on enhancing systems coordination for improved student access and completion.

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