- Jayhawk Academic Advisor
1200 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045
Bridgette Kells (she/her) is an academic advisor for the KU Undergraduate Biology Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Undergraduate Certificate in Nonviolence Studies, and a Master of Science in Academic Advising all from Kansas State University. Bridgette returned to school at 27 to finish her bachelor’s degree, after having an unsuccessful first attempt at college right out of high school. As a nontraditional student she gained a new perspective on the challenges that students face when pursuing higher education. From her own academic experiences Bridgette developed a strong passion for helping others, specifically those from underrepresented student populations, achieve their academic goals.
Professionally, Bridgette has worn many hats on her path to academic advising. She has worked as a restaurant manager, veterinary technician, and store manager for her family’s small business. While pursuing her M.S. Bridgette worked as a Student Admissions Representative for K-State Online, working primarily with undergrads interested in Nutrition and Dietetics. After completing her graduate program, she made the switch from K-State to KU and has since realized blue looks far better on her than purple ever did!
Beyond academics, Bridgette is enjoying her new home in Lawrence with her spouse and two small children. She has a fierce love of animals, so she spends a lot of time playing with her 2 pugs (Swayzee & Elton) and American Bulldog/Labrador mix (Harlow). When not devoting time to her family you can find Bridgette in local establishments participating in weekly trivia games or with friends hosting a game night. Bridgette loves all things Halloween, Disney Villains, Star Wars, hippos, and tacos.
Mental Health First Aid Program
- Certified, 2022-2025
KU Advising Network (KUAN)
- Executive Board, 2021- Present
- Member 2020- Present
- Region 7 Annual Conference Committee- 2022
- Volunteer Co-Chair
Staff Senate DEI Committee
- January 2022- Present
Undergraduate Biology DEIB Committee
Phi Kappa Phi
- Member, 2021-Present