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Development & Alumni Relations Staff - Kathryn Costello





Kathryn Costello

Kathryn Costello

Special Assistant to the President

Phone:  (270) 745-6208


Ms. Kathryn Costello joined WKU in January 2011 as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and President/CEO of the WKU Foundation. She retired from this position June 30, 2015 and now serves as a Special Assistant to the President. Costello has more than 30 years of experience in development, strategic planning and management. She previously served as Vice President for Development at the University at Buffalo since 2006.  Her professional accomplishments include planning and implementing capital campaigns totaling more than $1 billion. Costello has been vice president at Southern Methodist University, the University of Maryland, Rice University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Georgia. She also served as Associate Vice President at Vanderbilt University, and she was a partner of Alexander Haas Martin and Partners in Atlanta, where she provided clients a wide range of services, including strategic planning, board and leadership development and philanthropy. A native of Georgia, Costello received bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky. She is a trustee of the International Board of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and has served as a board member on nonprofit organizations in several cities.

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