Office Staff

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Kristin Hildebrandt

Registrar/Director of Academic Affairs
HLC  Accreditation Liaison Officer
(414) 410-4007

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 here.

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Mark Gesner, Ph.D

Executive Director of Academic & Community Engagement
Assistant Professor
(414) 410-4148

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.  

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Kim Smith

Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 
(414) 410-4009

Kim Smith, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs joined Stritch in 2016.  Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science with a minor in business from Lakeland College and a Master of Science degree in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. 

Smith joins Stritch with extensive experience as an Executive Assistant, managing and supporting executives spanning the healthcare, manufacturing and retail industries.  Smith’s passions include project and event management and learning. Smith’s responsibilities include managing the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, monitoring and facilitating procedures and processes, maintaining department files in addition to event and project coordination.