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August 31, 2021

Hatch chosen as Morrison Family associate vice president for student well-being

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Following a national search, Kathleen Hatch will serve as the Morrison Family associate vice president for student well-being for Kansas State University, effective Sept. 20.

"I am excited to have someone with Kathleen's passion, vision, and demonstrated commitment for championing students' holistic well-being as part of our Division of Student Life leadership team," said Thomas Lane, vice president for student life. "I know our campus community, and our students especially, will benefit greatly from her leadership in this critical area."

Since 2018, Hatch has served as executive director of recreational sports at The Ohio State University where she led a team to reimagine the role of recreational sports as a healthy campus asset and was deeply involved in advancing broader university efforts within the health and wellness community. She believes in identifying opportunities within the environment and organizational culture to develop talent and strategies to support student success. Among her contributions, she advanced and developed leadership and corresponding action plans, assessed organizational efficiencies and new ways to utilize data in decision-making, and worked with key colleagues on campus to support student well-being.  

"I am thrilled to be joining the Wildcat family at such an important time," Hatch said. "I look forward to working with everyone on campus to advance a culture of well-being to positively impact our student potential." 

Before joining Ohio State, Hatch owned a successful executive consulting firm focused on advancing healthy campuses across the U.S. and Canada. A recent president of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, Hatch also worked at Washington State University for 25 years, most recently as assistant vice president for campus life.

Hatch earned her master's degree in education from Oregon State University and her bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Calgary, Alberta. She has also received several honors throughout her career, including the 2019 Executive Leadership Award from Ohio State; the NIRSA National Service Award in 2010; the 2008 Alumni Award for recreational sports from Oregon State University; and the 2003 NIRSA Region VI Award of Merit.

As the Morrison Family associate vice president of student well-being, Hatch will provide leadership for initiatives that enhance the K-State student experiences by promoting well-being. She will oversee Lafene Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services, Recreational Services, Cats' Cupboard, Powercat Financial, Student Access Center and the Morrison Family Center for Student Well-being

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