Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13, who has served the Colleges for nearly 35 years, first in the office of admissions and for more than two decades in alumnae relations, will be transitioning to the role of chief of staff for President-Elect Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen.
“Kathy has been an exceptional advocate for the HWS community because she knows the community so well, in so many capacities — as a student, an alumna, an employee and an HWS parent,” says Jacobsen. “From our work together thus far, I know that Kathy’s strong leadership and longstanding service to the Colleges will prove invaluable to me and the Colleges as she takes on the duties of chief of staff.”
Currently leading alumnae relations as associate vice president for advancement, Regan brings her years of experience at HWS to her new role on the President’s senior staff, where she will provide strategic leadership and counsel. As chief of staff, she will also serve as a liaison to campus governing committees and to the Board of Trustees, manage the administrative, operational and financial affairs of the Office of the President, and represent the President among HWS constituencies on and off campus.
Regan graduated from William Smith College in 1982 with a major in art history and went on to earn her M.A. in that field in the Florence Fellowship Program at Syracuse University. In 1984, she joined the Colleges’ admissions staff, where she served until 1998, when she took on the director of alumnae relations role in the advancement office.
From fundraising and strategic planning for the Colleges’ future, to welcoming each graduating class of William Smith into the Alumnae Association, Regan has led the Colleges’ alumnae outreach through the capital campaign of the early 2000s, the William Smith Centennial, more than two-dozen Reunion celebrations, hundreds of regional events and countless ceremonies honoring the achievements of alumnae, students and the institution. During her tenure, she has welcomed more than 7,000 William Smith graduates to the Alumnae Association ranks – more than half of the total alumnae population.
She will transition into her new role in the coming weeks, working both in the advancement office and with Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12, to prepare for Jacobsen’s arrival on July 1.