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A Chat with Simmons Provost

Contributed by Adam Gray



Recently Adam Gray had the opportunity to speak with Simmons College's provost, Dr. Katie Conboy. In July 2013 Dr. Conboy came to Simmons from Stonehill College where she has worked for the past 25 years. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Notre Dame. Adam was able to ask Dr. Conboy some questions to get to know her a little better and see if she had any advice for students during the spring semester.

What is your favorite quote?

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" from Hamlet. I am especially fond of this quote when I come home and smell something rotten in my refrigerator. Generally that means I have been spending too much time at Simmons and not enough at home.

What is your favorite college memory?

During my senior year I was able to travel to England for a study abroad experience. I made some amazing memories and encourage everyone who has the chance to go abroad. This experience helped expand my horizons and experience a whole new world. 

Favorite thing about Simmons so far?

The Common Ground punch card. I use it all the time and sometimes the workers will even punch it twice for me.

Who is the most important person in your life?

My husband - He has always believed in me even when I didn't. He has been there for me through everything. In a relationship I believe that a whole should be greater than the sum of its parts.

What is your proudest accomplishment so far at Simmons College?

I am most proud of my ability to have helped increase the intellectual conversations that take place on campus. For example during the fall semester I brought in two speakers who generated great conversations and many students seemed to appreciate them.

Have you always wanted to work in higher education?

When I began college I wanted to be a doctor. I soon realized that was not the course I wanted to pursue so I switched my major to English. My intention was to go into Law School following my graduation. I realized Law School was not for me and I ended up getting my Doctorate in English.

If you could interview one person who would it be and why?

I would love to interview Martin Luther King Jr. I have always been moved by his speeches and his ability to speak so passionately. I would be interested to see if this was how he spoke all the time, even in personal one on one conversations.

Advice for Students during Spring Semester?

Keep your foot on the gas pedal and continue to challenge yourself. Don't be afraid to take a risk and push yourself a little more every day.


Dr. Conboy is on twitter with the handle @ProvostKatie and holds open office hours for students. For more information you can email Dr. Conboy at

By Stormy Shark on January 16, 2014 2:59 PM
Category: Staff Profiles