SHEEO Welcomes Kelsey Kunkle as Policy Analyst

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomes Kelsey Kunkle as a policy analyst.

Kelsey will be located at SHEEO’s Boulder, Colorado, office, where she will assist with the collection of higher education finance data, provide quality controls and quantitative analysis, contribute to writing the state higher education finance (SHEF) report and related issue briefs, and support efforts to improve and expand the report in new directions.

Kelsey Kunkle, Policy Analyst

Prior to serving as a policy analyst at SHEEO, Kelsey spent the summer of 2021 as a state policy intern where she focused on the SHEF project and contributed to the development of issue briefs related to public higher education finance. Prior to joining SHEEO, Kelsey served in multiple student and academic affairs roles at the University of North Texas. In these positions, she primarily supported the academic transitions of community college transfer and returning adult students. Kelsey holds a B.A. in communication from the University of Maryland and an M.Ed. in college student personnel from Western Carolina University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in higher education at the University of North Texas, where she most recently served as a graduate research assistant.


The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) serves the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education and their staffs. Founded in 1954, SHEEO promotes an environment that values higher education and its role in ensuring the equitable education of all Americans, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic factors. Together with its members, SHEEO aims to achieve this vision by equipping state higher education executive officers and their staffs with the tools to effectively advance the value of higher education, promoting public policies and academic practices that enable all Americans to achieve success in the 21st century, and serving as an advocate for state higher education leadership. For more information, visit