Benedictine names Springfield native to lead student life at Mesa campus

August 14, 2014

Kevin-Broeckling-STLMesa, Arizona ~ A core Benedictine value is living life in balance. To strengthen its student life programming and help students achieve this balance, Benedictine University at Mesa has appointed Kevin Broeckling as associate vice president for Student Life.

Prior to the appointment, Broeckling was associate vice president of Enrollment and Student Life at Benedictine’s Springfield, Ill., branch campus, where he served in various capacities for 13 years.  

"I'm looking forward to helping the students of our Mesa campus realize their potential and becoming a part of the Mesa community,” Broeckling said. “I'm driven by my desire to help students and engage them in daily life while sharing with them the values of the University. Combining the two makes a powerful partnership where students become leaders who make a positive difference in the world."

Broeckling began his career in higher education in 2001 as an admissions counselor with Springfield College in Illinois, which became a Benedictine branch campus in 2009. Broeckling also served as dean of students and associate vice president of Student Affairs at Benedictine University at Springfield, where he was instrumental in growing the campus’s enrollment and student life experience.

“Kevin brings with him years of service and commitment to supporting Benedictine’s student body,” said Nancy West Stoecker, vice president for operations of the Mesa branch campus. “His proven leadership will be instrumental as we seek to bring and build upon the successes he led at the Springfield branch campus to our burgeoning student life at our Mesa branch campus.”

Broeckling wants to build upon Benedictine’s successful first year in Mesa, while improving its core student life programming.
Immediate plans include expanding and strengthening the student life experience by building more activities and events, offering more career-focused opportunities through the John O. Whiteman Student Success Center, exploring new academic programs, supporting recruiting efforts for the new athletic programs, and providing new amenities like food service, campus housing and sports facilities.

Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to operate an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher learning in Arizona.

Benedictine University at Mesa has adopted “Redhawks” as the name of its sports teams. Student-athletes will begin competing in men’s and women’s cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball this fall. Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and baseball are planned for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Applications are still being accepted for fall 2014 classes. Classes begin August 25.

For more information about Benedictine, please visit or Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, or contact (602) 888-5533 or


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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