Kevin McCaffrey was named to the position of Director of Government and Community Relations in the Office of the President with the arrival of President Pasquerella. Previously he had worked in the Office of Communications, where he had been since 1993.
Within the President's Office, McCaffrey is charged with developing and leading a government and community relations program that builds relationships and implements mutually beneficial programs with local leaders, businesses, community groups, and schools. He is also working with the President and others to build effective relationships and programs for the College on the regional, statewide, and national levels.
He is currently the lead on The Women in Public Service Project— a collaboration among the Seven Sisters and the State Department aimed at developing more women leaders in government and politics in the U.S. and internationally. He is also the lead on the collaboration with WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Inside Higher Ed, and the Newman's Own Foundation on the Academic Minute.
In the Office of Communications, McCaffrey served as associate director, responsible for media relations, Web-based news delivery, and other areas. Before coming to Mount Holyoke, he worked as a neighborhood newspaper reporter in Boston and, from 1987 through 1993, as a public relations officer at Boston City Hall. He holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Counselors to Higher Education section. His daughter, Elizabeth, a 2010 Mount Holyoke alumna, is an assistant director in the Admissions Office.