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Kris Clerkin

Vice Chair

Kris is Managing Director at Volta Learning Group. Volta Learning Group is a consulting and advisory firm that catalyzes new learning models in postsecondary education. Kris was the founding Executive Director of College for America (CfA) at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). CfA is the workforce-focused unit of SNHU offering affordable, ($3,000/year), competency-based Certificate, AA, and BA programs that enrolled nearly 5,000 students and 1,000 graduates after three years. Under Kris’ leadership, CfA introduced an innovative project-based learning curriculum, built a learning management platform on Salesforce, introduced new student support models, innovated to drive down costs, and used data in new ways to help working adult learners be successful. CfA introduced an innovative business-to-business partnership model that engaged over 100 employers, non-profits, and public agencies in sponsoring its programs for their employees. Kris has many years of senior leadership experience in the higher education industry including roles as President of Houghton Mifflin’s Higher Education Division and General Manager of Wolters Kluwer Legal Education. She has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.