Registrar/Director of Academic Affairs
HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer
Kristin Hildebrandt, Director of Academic Affairs and University Registrar, has been at Stritch since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and zoology and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership and policy analysis, both from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to Stritch, Hildebrandt worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for five years as an immigration advisor for international students. When she relocated to the Milwaukee area in 2010, she began working at Stritch as a One Stop counselor
before assuming the role of assistant director of student registration in 2012. She became the director of academic affairs in 2014. In early 2015, she also assumed the role of Registrar at the University.
As the director, Hildebrandt assists the Provost/Vice President in ensuring that academic policies and procedures are properly administered. She directs the University catalog revision process, and collaborates with the deans, the registrar, and the faculty council to be certain that academic policies are accurately
reflected in student and faculty handbooks. Hildebrandt conducts new chair orientations and coordinates commencement planning activities. She also monitors University academic compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), and Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation
regulations. She also serves as the Registrar for the University. For more information on this office, click
Mark Gesner, Ph.D
Executive Director of Academic & Community Engagement
Mark Gesner, Ph.D. is an experienced educator and organizational leader with a deep commitment to mutually beneficial partnerships and community development. He has created and led courses and seminars about leadership, organizational development and cross cultural management for
undergraduate and graduate students as well as for professionals of all ages. Dr. Gesner has facilitated strategic planning and evaluation processes for businesses, nonprofit organizations and public agencies on the local, national and international levels. His approach to teaching and learning
is highly interactive, practical and engaging.
Dr. Gesner came to Cardinal Stritch University in 2012 and first served as the College of Business and Management Faculty Chair of Community Engaged Learning and Leadership. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Gesner oversaw the University’s business student
internship program and worked closely with business advisory board members to build new programs and partnerships. He is the host of the university’s high profile speaker’s series entitled Business Leaders with a Consciencein which successful alumni return to campus to discuss how their leadership
approaches align with their values. As the Executive Director of Academic and Community Engagement, Dr. Gesner is focused on supporting the University’s four colleges as they enhance efforts regarding strategic partnerships, innovation, and engaged learning.
Prior to his work at Stritch, Dr. Gesner served as the Director of Community Development for the University of Wisconsin – Parkside where he taught and oversaw programs in civic engagement, workforce development, diversity, youth mentoring, and program evaluation. Before his career in
higher education, Dr. Gesner served on the local, regional and national level for Hostelling International – USA (HI – USA), an organization dedicated to educational travel and cross-cultural exchange. During his tenure with HI - USA, Dr. Gesner was a hostel manager, a regional organizational development and
operations director, and eventually, the organization’s national director of education and resource development.
Executive Coordinator for Academic Affairs
Gail Davidson, Executive Coordinator for Academic Affairs, has been with Stritch since 2002. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Davidson began at Stritch as an academic counseling assistant in the College of Business and Management. In 2004, she accepted the position of assistant to the executive vice president for academic affairs. In 2014, her role was expanded and given the title of
Executive Coordinator. Her responsibilities include academic hiring and faculty management responsibilities surrounding load sheets, overload, recommendations to hire/change of status, and adjunct faculty appointment letters. She also is responsible for managing
the office, creating and maintaining the faculty, department and committee office files, and facilitating the process for undergraduate and graduate appeals to the standards committees.