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President Rinehart visits with students on move-in day.

Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D., President

President Kathleen Rinehart

Kathleen A. Rinehart serves as the 9th president of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Prior to her appointment, she served as general counsel and secretary of the Corporation for Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and in an Of Counsel role at Franczek Radelet in Chicago. President Rinehart also serves as a consultant, facilitator and conflict coach for colleges and universities across the country, assisting them with the implementation of supervisory best practices and communication tools to effectively manage departmental and other campus conflict.

President Rinehart is a featured speaker on higher education and dispute resolution issues at numerous local, regional and national seminars. She served on the board of directors for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Prior to her legal career, President Rinehart was an educator and master teacher at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and served as the law clerk to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice (Ret.), Janine P. Geske. President Rinehart received her bachelor's degree, Juris Doctor and a master’s degree in dispute resolution from Marquette University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching – History from the University of Chicago.

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A Time for Hope, not Despair, in Higher Education

On March 24, 2019, Stritch President Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D., penned A Time for Hope, not Despair, in Higher Education which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal and Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Focusing on the extraordinary work that has been done for more than 80 years at Cardinal Stritch University, President Rinehart emphasized the leadership role Stritch and many other institutions must continue to play to ensure that students of all racial, nationality and socio-economic backgrounds are able to realize their academic dreams and enhance their long-term opportunities for success in the communities where they choose to live, work and lead.

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Inauguration of the Ninth President of Cardinal Stritch University

October 5, 2018