Kara Kolomitz head shot

Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

Student Center 13 F
Department Office of Student Affairs

Mailing Address

Regis College box 975

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493

    About

    Kara Kolomitz, EdD, is the senior vice president/chief operating officer at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.

    A tireless advocate for student success, Dr. Kolomitz oversees the administrative operations, and supporting infrastructure for Regis’ main and satellite campus, off-campus health clinics, and services to over 3,400 residential, commuter, and online students.

    The university has experienced unprecedented growth during Dr. Kolomitz’s tenure. She has held critical roles in the university’s last three strategic plans and led the coed transition task force, which resulted in a 48% increase in campus residency. Dr. Kolomitz also reengineered enrollment strategy and student success initiatives to increase undergraduate enrollment and retention and scaled operations for significant online and graduate growth. This work has led to Regis recently being named by the Business Journals as one of the “top ten fastest-growing colleges” in the U.S.

    In her prior role as vice president of enrollment and student affairs, Dr. Kolomitz provided vision and leadership for a 120-member division. She worked to increase the recruitment of student-athletes, partnered with faculty on co-curricular offerings, and committed to embedding the mission and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston within the Regis community through service-engagement and programs linked to the common good and civic responsibility. This work was recognized by the Gold Seal award from “All In Challenge” for voter engagement (2021). Dr. Kolomitz has also created and led initiatives designed to support first-generation, minority, and at-risk students. This foundational work led to Regis’ designation as 2021-2022 First-Gen Forward Campus and two consecutive years of the Higher Education Excellence In Diversity Award (2020, 2021).

    Most recently, Dr. Kolomitz was charged with leading the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic including the launch of Regis’ COVID-19 Testing Center and facilitating a daily multi-disciplinary working group of community stakeholders.

    As a mission-driven leader who champions the student voice, Dr. Kolomitz was awarded the Scott Goodnight Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region I for outstanding work as dean of students. She has also conducted extensive research on the experience of new presidents at small colleges and universities, and has authored publications on building senior leadership’s fluency in digital technology.

    Dr. Kolomitz is a proud graduate of Regis University in Colorado, where she studied philosophy and communication arts with a minor in business. She holds an MEd from Providence College and a CDA from Rhode Island School of Design. She completed the HERS Institute at Wellesley College and the Council of Independent College's Institute for Executive Leadership.

    In 2016, she earned her doctorate in higher education leadership from Johnson and Wales University.

    Education

    Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI

    HERS Program Invitee and Participant, Wellesley College

    Certificate in Decorative Arts (CDA), Rhode Island School of Design

    Master of Education (MEd), Providence College

    Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Philosophy, Regis University, Denver, CO

    Awards Honors

    Woman of the Year, Regis University

    Scott Goodnight Award, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

    Member of Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society)