Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Bachelor's and Master's, Washington University
Since 1996, Cathy Kushner has led the development, alumni affairs, publications, communications, and public relations functions for Excelsior College and chaired its External Resources Council. A founding member of Excelsior’s President’s Committee on Inclusion, she served for four years on that Committee, including three years as its chair or co-chair.
Beyond her responsibilities at Excelsior, Ms. Kushner is a member of the steering committee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series of Siena College. Through the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, she has chaired the Community Relations Council (CRC) and served as treasurer and now vice president for planning for the organization. Ms. Kushner also devotes much of her volunteer energy to the American Field Service, serving as a liaison to host families and their exchange students.
Before joining Excelsior, she served as executive director of the YWCA of Lincoln, Nebraska. Earlier in her career in Lincoln, she worked for a private college, the area community college, and for Nebraska Educational Television. She was also involved in a number of community initiatives, serving on the United Way board of directors, helping to initiate the Nebraska Women’s Political Network, founding the group, “Citizens against Racism and Prejudice,” and joining an advisory board of the community action program.