Celebrate the 90th birthday of Sister Camille Kliebhan

Monday, March 18, 2013 9:45:00 PM

Faculty, staff and students are invited to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF, Ph.D, chancellor and past president, from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 in the Leadership Commons. 

Cake will be served. At 3:30 p.m., the Stritch community will sing “Happy Birthday” to Sister Camille, led by the Stritch Choir. A memory book will be available for faculty, staff and students to share memories and well wishes.

Sister Camille Kliebhan

Sister Camille joined Stritch in 1955. Over the years, she served as Stritch’s department head of education and psychology, director of student teaching, dean of students, chair of the graduate division, and vice president for academic and student affairs.

She served as Stritch’s president from 1974-1991. During her tenure, she introduced and enhanced what became the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing. She also began Programs in Management for Adults, the accelerated business degree programs for working adults which would later become the College of Business and Management. She also introduced the four core Franciscan values: creating a caring community, showing compassion, reverencing all of creation, and making peace.

In addition, she completed and dedicated the O.W. Carpenter Campus Center and the A.S. Kliebhan Hall (Great Hall) during her tenure as president. The Library, Fieldhouse, Student Union, Bookstore and Schroeder Auditorium were part of this expansion.

Sister Camille has also been a highly involved contributor to the greater Milwaukee community. She served as the first woman president of the Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges, was one of the first three women to be admitted to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and later was the first woman president of that club, and was chair of the board for Sacred Heart School of Theology (the only woman to hold such a position in a Roman Catholic Seminary at that time).

Please join us as we celebrate the extraordinary contributions of Sister Camille to the Stritch community.

In honor of Sister Camille Kliebhan and the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, the Santa Chiara Fund has been established. To learn more about this need-based annual scholarship fund, click here