After 29 years of distinguished service to the University of Connecticut, Donna M. Korbel retired on May 31, 2022. She served in the role of Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) since 1993 and added the role of Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs in 2011. She was member of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Faculty at the Neag School of Education where she taught Multicultural Competence as well as instructing various other UConn courses including the Freshman Year Experience.
Donna, who has more than forty years of experience in the disability services field, presented at numerous conferences throughout the country, co-authored several publications and served in various roles on UConn boards, committees and in student group advising. The UConn CSD was frequently named one of the best programs in the U.S for students with learning disabilities by various entities including the Huffington Post and Parade Magazine. In 2013, Korbel received the NASPA Excellence Silver Award that recognizes the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration.
She received her B.A. in Sociology from Framingham State College, an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College and completed her doctoral coursework in Educational Psychology at UConn. Her research interests included the transition of post-secondary students with disabilities to college, Universal Design for Instruction and its benefits for the post-secondary education of individuals with disabilities as well as the professional development of college student personnel.
Donna has left an unforgettable mark on the disability services landscape both at UConn and around the country. Her knowledge and experience will be greatly missed by the Division of Student Affairs and the UConn community. We wish her all the best in her next chapter!