SHU Hires New Exec Director for Career Development

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Bridgeport resident Keith Hassell is Sacred Heart University’s new executive director of the Center for Career & Professional Development. 

Hassell will execute programs and develop resources that meet students’ needs, improve career readiness, and respond to market trends. He also will train staff and initiate successful employer relationships, among other responsibilities.  

“I am extremely excited to join such an innovative and transformational institution,” Hassell said. “What attracted me to SHU, among other things, is how progressive and forward-thinking the University is. I hope to continue the same approach within the Center for Career & Professional Development.

“I look forward to collaborating with the exceptional career staff to increase and improve the quality and quantity of professional opportunities available for students and alumni,” he said. 

In 2018, Hassell was included in Fairfield County Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” listing that recognizes and celebrates rising stars in Fairfield County. Prior to joining SHU, he was director of career development at the University of Bridgeport for five years. Before that, he was associate director of the Gerri Ripp Center for Career Development at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. for five years. 

He earned his master’s degree in counseling from Long Island University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.  

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus, which is located about an hour from Manhattan and 2.5 hours from Boston. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, yet at the same time develops students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives and professions and in their communities. A spirit of service, entrepreneurship and social justice is the essence of who we are and can be seen inside and outside the classroom as students learn how to make a difference far beyond Fairfield. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 384 Colleges–2019 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for “Happiest Students” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. Sacred Heart has a Division I athletics program. www.sacredheart.edu


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