Anne-Marie Kenney is a senior consultant with Spelman Johnson, an executive search firm recognized for its work in identifying and recruiting outstanding leaders in education, advocacy associations, and social impact organizations. Based in Boston, Anne-Marie leads searches across a range of institutional types and administrative functions, with particular depth of practice in student affairs, student support services, and intercollegiate athletics.
Anne-Marie joined Spelman Johnson in July 2018 after a 20-year career in student affairs at private institutions in Massachusetts. She most recently served as dean of student success at Newbury College. Previously, she was assistant dean of student life at Lesley University and director of student activities and orientation at Lasell College.
Anne-Marie is inspired by the transformative power of higher education. She brings passion and the professional values of equity, diversity, compassion, and servant leadership to her support of clients and candidates as they pursue institutional and student success. Her highly relational and individualized approach to the search process is reflected in comprehensive search materials that highlight positional expectations and organizational priorities. Her attentive personal style animates the search process for seasoned and emerging leaders, resulting in diverse and dynamic candidate pools. Clients value her knowledge, collaborative partnership, and candid, thoughtful counsel throughout the search process.
Anne-Marie has been active in NODA—Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention for over 20 years, serving in a number of leadership roles, presenting educational sessions, and hosting regional and annual conferences. She served NODA as secretary-treasurer, following a three-year term on the board of directors. Anne-Marie has also been active in NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, as a member of the AVP steering committee and as the Massachusetts NASPA senior student affairs liaison. Her professional experiences include presentations, external reviews, and consultations in the areas of supervision, mentorship, onboarding and transition, and women in leadership. She earned her BA in history and politics from Assumption College and her MEd in higher education administration from Suffolk University.