The Call for Nominations for NECHA’s President’s Award is NOW CLOSED

Award recipient will be honored at the NECHA Annual Meeting in Newport, RI on October 26-28, 2022.


To recognize the contributions to College Health by an individual working in the field from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. The individual selected should have made significant contributions to the students they serve as well as their institution, community, and the field of college health. Peers and customers should recognize them as creative, innovative, dedicated leaders and mentors known for their sharing and caring.


For consideration, nominees need not be an ACHA individual member, but must currently work in college health. Written nominations will be submitted in letter format to the Chair of the Awards Committee no later than June 1 of the given year. The Awards Committee shall consist of 3-5 members appointed by the Board of Directors and shall include the previous year’s recipient. The awards committee will furnish their recommendations to the Board for approval at its June meeting.

Congratulations to our 2021 Presidents Award recipient, Kelsey R. DeVoe, MS, FNP-C, College of the Holy Cross

Kelsey came to College of the Holy Cross from private practice in the fall of 2019 while they were in the midst of reviewing and implementing recommendations from an external review team about more effective integration between Health Services, the Counseling Center, and Athletic Training. Although new to higher education and to director-level leadership, Kelsey took the reins, formed partnerships, and helped steer the group toward solution.

Four months into Kelsey’s tenure at Holy Cross, a tragic accident over 2,000 miles away from campus. Despite the fact that Kelsey was still on a steep learning curve about health care in the college setting, she did not hesitate to assume leadership for the medical portion of the College’s emergency response management.

Behind the scenes, Kelsey was also updating protocols and noting where policies needed revision. In so doing, she gained the trust and respect of colleagues across the campus, from the general counsel to the chief of police, and from the chief financial officer to the provost as well from students, families, and the entire staff in Health Services.

As the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic began to emerge in late February/early March of 2020, Kelsey busied herself learning as much as she could about the novel coronavirus, gathering data from private practice colleagues, and polling peers at as many institutions as she could. Since March of 2020, Kelsey has served as a key member of the COVID emergency response team, helping the College set up protocols, negotiating access to testing, joining state-level briefings, and serving as the College’s key liaison with our local public health authority.

Congratulations, Kelsey! Kelsey received the award during NECHA’s 2022 Annual Meeting.

View all past President’s Award recipients

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