Senior Vice President
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Patricia O’Brien is deputy director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges 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.