Vice President, Accessibility, Equity & Inclusion
University of Phoenix
Kelly Hermann is the Vice President of Accessibility, Equity and Inclusion for the University of Phoenix. She has oversight of the university’s accessibility initiative, including the evaluation and remediation of curricular resources, the Disability Services office, which provides accommodations to students with disabilities and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which works with University stakeholders, community partners and corporate sponsors to create an inclusive educational environment for the students, faculty and staff.
Prior to joining the University of Phoenix, Ms. Hermann was the director of disability services for SUNY Empire State College for 12 years and started her career in academic support and disability services at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 2000. In 2009, Ms. Hermann was appointed to the Instructional Materials Advisory Council in New York by then Governor David Patterson and has been active in the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), chairing the special interest group on online and distance education for AHEAD and was the chair of AHEAD’s standing committee on public policy from 2009 to 2013.
She frequently presents at national conferences, such as the Online Learning Consortium, WCET and AHEAD regarding online learning and accessibility for students with disabilities and joined the Accessibility Advisory Board for McGraw-Hill in 2019. Ms. Hermann holds a Master’s of Science in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is nearing completion of a doctoral degree in educational administration and leadership.