Kathleen Hohl has served at Stritch since June 2017. She is responsible for media relations, internal and external communications efforts, and strategic initiatives that enhance the visibility of Stritch among a wide variety of constituents. She has helped grow Stritch's presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Kathleen contributes to the University's emergency response plan, with a particular focus on crisis communications. She has been instrumental in bringing U.S. Naturalization Ceremonies to Stritch and coordinated a campus visit from Judy and Dennis Shepard to share the story of their son, the late Matthew Shepard.
She previously served at Milwaukee Area Technical College, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Marquette University, where she developed communications plans that supported organizational initiatives, identified and communicated stories that resonated with various audiences, and adapted to technological advancements that impacted message delivery to various stakeholders.
Throughout her career she has coordinated local, regional, national and global media coverage on an array of people, academic programs and initiatives. While serving as the Marquette University sports information director she handled publicity efforts for MU men's basketball player William Gates, one of the subjects of the critically-acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams. She led efforts that resulted in multiple Medallion and Paragon awards from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations.
Kathleen earned a bachelor's degree in business and organizational communications from the University of Akron and a master's degree in physical education with a specialization in sport administration from Kent State University. While at Akron, she earned four letters for the Zips' softball team and was the program's first NCAA Division I Academic All-America First Team honoree. She is a member of the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, University of Akron Varsity A, Summit County and Summit County Softball halls of fame. The Akron, Ohio, native has been active in St. Sebastian Parish and School and Franklin Little League. She resides in Franklin with her husband Paul. The couple has an adult son, Jordan.
Media relations, crisis communications, social media
"All members of the Stritch family are committed to living out the Franciscan values that shape the Stritch experience. I am blessed to work alongside accomplished professionals who help our students achieve all of their dreams. It is truly an honor to share the stories about the significant and long-lasting impact Stritch has on people's lives and throughout our community. "
- Kathleen G. Hohl