Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Provost's Office
Lawrence J. Davidson Hall

Dr. Kimberly T. Kostelis currently holds the position of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at CCSU. With a career spanning over two decades at Central, Dr. Kostelis has been a driving force in shaping the university’s academic landscape. Dr. Kostelis began her career as an Assistant Professor, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the institution. Over the years, she has held several key positions, including department chair and then Dean for the School of Education and Professional Studies. While serving as the Dean, Dr. Kostelis was instrumental in driving the school’s vision and ensuring the delivery of high-quality education. Her leadership saw the implementation of innovative programs and initiatives that enhanced the school’s reputation and academic standards, such as her work with the NextGen Educators Program.

In June 2021, Dr. Kostelis was appointed as the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and now serves in this role today following a national search. Throughout her career, Dr. Kostelis has been recognized for her strategic vision, her ability to foster collaborative environments, and her commitment to academic excellence. She has played a key role in the expansion of Central’s First Year Experience program, the opening of the eSports Center, as well as the establishment of the Drop-In Child Care Center, which has been instrumental in increasing retention of student- parents. Most recently, Dr. Kostelis is actively working to improve healthcare accessibility for local residents while training students in inter-professional collaboration through the opening of the Central Community Health Education Clinic on campus in October 2023. Dr. Kostelis continues to demonstrate her unwavering dedication to Central. Her strategic vision for the university’s academic future is focused on innovation, inclusivity, and excellence, preparing the university for additional academic achievements and institutional growth.

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