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Distinguished Alumni Award
This honor is presented to a graduate who has brought distinction to the college and RIT through professional and/or community achievement.
Kathleen C. Anderson '94
College of Liberal Arts 2015 Recipient
Kathleen (Cole) Anderson arrived at RIT with her sights set on a career in medical research until a single elevator ride changed her forever. A conversation in that elevator ignited in her a passion for the art of human communication that would launch a career crafting advertising strategy for global brands including Weight Watchers, WWE and Corning Display Technologies.
Currently, an account executive at Gelia, Wells & Mohr, Kathleen manages the Caterpillar Building & Construction Products global accounts. When not working in heavy machinery, Kathleen also advises national, state and local political candidates on campaign media strategy.
Kathleen has been a member of the RIT Alumni Association Board of directors since 2006 and was honored to be elected President from 2009-2013. She has also served on the University’s Board of Trustees and is currently a member of the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board.
A proud alumna of RIT’s School of Communication, Kathleen also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Simon School at the University of Rochester. Making her home in Western New York, Kathleen is involved with numerous community organizations but is most passionate about the rights and needs of the mentally ill and homeless.