New Vice President for Alumni Relations and Communications

  Kathleen O’Connor Boelhouwer ’85

Kathleen O’Connor Boelhouwer ’85 has joined the administration as the College’s vice president for alumni relations and communications. The appointment consolidates the leadership of alumni relations and communications under a single position reporting to the vice president for college advancement.  She began her new duties January 1.

“I’m excited to be back on campus,” says Boelhouwer. “My take on Trinity is that it is never complacent; that the students, staff, and faculty continue to care for it deeply—and it shows. Trinity is ‘hot’ and we all need to keep fanning the flame.”

An English major as a Trinity student, Boelhouwer has been a long-time member of the advancement team at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington. As director of institutional advancement there, she had day-to-day management responsibility for a wide range of programs, including alumnae and parent relations, publications, marketing and public relations, and development, including significant experience in three fundraising campaigns. She holds an MBA with a focus in marketing from Rensselaer. 

In announcing Boelhouwer’s appointment, President Jones notes her multifaceted skills at this strategic moment for Trinity. “Kathi is a sophisticated professional in the full range of advancement responsibilities,” he said. “At a time when the College seeks to elevate its regional and national profile and develop advancement synergies that will effectively link our fund-raising and ‘friend-raising’ programs, we are very fortunate to attract an alumna who knows Trinity well and knows advancement best practices.”

Boelhouwer will work closely with Ron Joyce, vice president for advancement, in all phases of the College’s external relations strategies. “I am quite humbled to have a colleague of such stature and accomplishment join me in leading our advancement team,” Joyce said. “Kathi is a seasoned practitioner of the first order. She will have a profound impact in virtually every aspect of our advancement operation.”

“I am curious to hear from the women and men who make up the alumni body as to what has meaning for them,” explains Boelhouwer. “What resonates when they read an article or consider attending a gathering near them? Where are they in their lives and how has their education and experience at Trinity informed who they are today? What can they do for their college and what can it do for them?”

Boelhouwer and her husband, Mark, Class of 1983, live in Farmington with their two daughters, Alexandra and Clare, two orange tabby cats, and two goldfish.



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