Kate McAnulty, associate dean for student affairs, is responsible for overseeing and supporting the overall graduate student experience. McAnulty coordinates award processes and campus-wide events promoting graduate student achievement; leads Graduate School initiatives related to recruitment and retention, with special emphasis on students from underrepresented groups; and directs a variety of graduate student support services and student affairs issues.
How do you identify yourself?
Black, female, mother, wife, administrator, student advocate
List three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.
1. I recently moved from Southern California after 5 years of long-distance marriage.
2. I am reconnecting with my 18-year-old sister who was only 3 years old when our dad died.
3. I played field hockey and rugby in college.
Whom do you admire and why?
My parents. My dad passed away in 2007 at the age of 59. He was the epitome of work hard/play hard — and seemed to know that his time on earth was limited. He was very successful professionally — first and still only Black Supreme Court Justice in Kentucky, but also lived a very full and fun life. My mom was a faculty member and college administrator for over 40 years. She introduced me to higher education and student affairs work, and the advocacy and support she had for her students is something I’ve tried to model.