Patricia "Pat" O’Brien
Senior Vice President
New England Commission for Higher Education (NECHE)
Patricia O’Brien is the Senior Vice President of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education at the New England Commission for Higher Education, which accredits more than 240 colleges and universities. Previously, O’Brien worked at Bridgewater State University as Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, later as associate vice president for planning and assessment. She was a former adjunct faculty member at Harvard University and Emmanuel College in Boston. O’Brien received a B.A. in psychology from Wellesley College and an M.A. in education from Harvard University.