Kay Gruder

Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Programs and Services

Kay Gruder
Kay Kimball Gruder has been a career counselor for over 25 years, joining UConn’s Center for Career Development in 2014 to create and deliver career development programming to graduate students, postdocs, and alumni of graduate programs. Kay’s role, as Assistant Director – Graduate Student Career Programs & Services, includes building connections and relationships with faculty, student organizations, and departments to support graduate student and postdoctoral fellow success through the delivery of programs, services, and resources. Kay is a member of The Graduate School’s student affairs team. Kay additionally provides one-on-one career coaching to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and graduate school alumni. Kay is an active member of the Graduate Career Consortium, where she leads the organization’s Benchmarking Committee, gathering and distributing data about current trends and resources relevant to graduate students and postdocs. Kay is also a selected member of NACE’S (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Principles for Professional Practice Committee. Kay earned her B.A. in Music and Social Sciences from Bennington College and received a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lesley College.