After conducting a thorough search to fill the vacancy created by the August retirement of Nan Roberts, Vice President Doug Robinson recently announced his selection of Kathryn Courtney as the division's new director of development. Her appointment was effective January 2.
A Long Beach native, Courtney has a connection with CSULB and the Student Services Division going back to her student days in the 1970s. After graduating from CSULB in ’78 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, Courtney worked for the university as student activities coordinator. Although she left CSULB in 1979, 20 years of student affairs experience followed. She held student affairs positions at USC, Central Washington University, Seattle University and Loyola Marymount. She earned a master’s in counseling psychology from Central Washington in 1987. While she was at Central Washington, she gained considerable experience with development and fundraising activities.
In 1999, Courtney accepted a position with Delta Airlines, where she first served as a flight attendant. She was selected for a Chairman’s Award for exceptional service in 2001 and was cited as one of Delta’s top employees. The same year, she was chosen as an acting operations director at LAX.
After 9/11, Courtney returned to CSULB as assistant director of Student Life and Development. For the last six years, she handled a variety of assignments in SLD including oversight of the Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center, Greek Life coordinator and acting director of the department.
In her free time, Courtney excels at tandem surfing—a sport she has enjoyed for many years—which requires the ability to balance and pose gracefully on the shoulders of a partner while surfing. She is a world-class competitor and participates in events at the national and international levels.
As director of development for Student Services, Courtney's primary role will be to develop a comprehensive program to secure and build external support for the division. Of her appointment, Robinson states, “Kathryn brings a unique blend of skills and abilities to her new assignment. She understands the student affairs profession and is committed to the principles of the division. She is highly competent, personable and genuinely interested in others. I am confident that she will strengthen the division’s development and fundraising program.”