The director provides vision and leadership for the University's efforts in advising approximately 1,000 Princeton undergraduates and alumni on the "pre-health" path to medical, dental or veterinary school. The primary focus is on academic advising, with additional responsibilities for programming, overseeing the University’s Committee on the Health Professions, liaising with health professions schools, and supervising the associate director and administrative assistant within the Office of Health Professions Advising (HPA).
Kate Fukawa-Connelly joined the HPA team in April of 2012. She has over ten years of professional experience in academic advising, academic support, residential life and health professions advising, including serving as assistant dean of health professions advising at Brandeis University. She is originally from Chicago, studied biology and comparative literature at the University of California at Davis, and earned her graduate degree in college student personnel at Miami University of Ohio. She is also a nationally ranked SCRABBLE ® expert and plays at the local club in Princeton.