Alumni Tale: Kathy DesRoches ’88, ’92, ’03G

What did you study at UNH?

English Literature and Masters of Liberal Studies, College of Liberal Arts

What are some of your strongest memories of UNH?

I have so many memories of UNH it’s hard to pick one or two. I worked at UNH while I was attending school so I knew professors as teachers and as colleagues. I knew students as classmates and as work study’s. If I had to choose a few, it would be my undergraduate graduation. It was the last year we had a December graduation and there was a blizzard. I remember when I crossed the stage the president gave me a big hug as I was on his search committee. As a graduate student, I remember telling my advisor that I didn’t mind doing work if it was valuable, but I certainly didn’t want to do “make work.” She later wrote a recommendation for me when I applied for a doctoral program, so I guess I redeemed myself.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

As an undergrad, I chose literature as my major. I chose it because I love literature, at the time people didn’t think too highly of literature majors. In the workplace today, our critical thinking skills are highly valued. The classes I had in the English Department and Women’s Studies stand out as my favorites. The work was rewarding and the faculty were inspiring.

Tell us about your career path to date… what have been some career milestones in your life?

When I worked at UNH, I directed a small grant fund area. This experience allowed me to move to Manchester Community College where I directed their workforce development department. When I was there, I was surrounded by people who were working on their doctorates, so I decided to pursue one. This allowed me to apply to Granite State College where I am the director of the MS in Leadership and a full-time professor.