Office of the President
Dr. Kelli J. Armstrong became the eighth president of Salve Regina in July 2019, bringing to the University a rich variety of academic and administrative experiences, as well as a strong commitment to the Sisters of Mercy and its various missions.
Armstrong comes to Salve Regina from Boston College, where she served most recently as vice president for planning and assessment, overseeing a broad range of activities and initiatives that promoted the use of information and planning in strategic decision making. She previously served the Boston College community as associate vice president (2006-2012) and director of the institutional research department that she established there (2004-2006), as well as serving as associate vice chancellor for enrollment management (2002-2004) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
“Salve Regina has a bright, exciting future and I look forward to working with the entire university community to advance its mission,” Armstrong said. “The Sisters of Mercy’s values of social justice and service closely align with my own. They have created a wonderful educational environment that is unique in its preparation of students for lifelong learning with a moral compass.”
In addition to her tenure at Boston College, Armstrong has worked in institutional research and enrollment management at Bates College, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts system. A graduate of Bates College, she holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D in higher education administration from Boston College. She also earned an executive leadership certificate in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.