|Executive Director of Office of Student Affairs: Katie Bonner
July 16, 2013,
Volume 60, No.1
Katie Hanlon Bonner has been named Executive Director, Office of Student Affairs. Ms. Bonner had been Associate Director of Student Affairs since 2008. Her appointment was announced by Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life.
“Katie will bring a great deal of expertise and enthusiasm to her new position,” said Dr. McCoullum. “I am absolutely delighted that she has agreed to take on these expanded responsibilities so vital to nurturing our students’ interests and aspirations.”
Ms. Bonner succeeds Hikaru Kozuma, recently named Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs.
“I’m incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as Executive Director,” Ms. Bonner shared. “Penn is an exceptional institution with students and colleagues who have both amazed and challenged me over the past five years. I look forward to leading the Office of Student Affairs to shape and enhance the Penn community.”
As Associate Director of Student Affairs, Ms. Bonner has been a supportive, exuberant resource for student leaders, especially those overseeing cherished Penn traditions. She advised Penn’s Social Planning and Events Committee (SPEC), overseeing a $1 million budget to execute 45 programs throughout the academic year.
As a result of her cross-campus collaboration, events such as Spring Fling now incorporate peer-to-peer intervention and harm-reduction efforts that have made the events safer and more enjoyable for the entire Penn community. Family Weekend, another well-regarded Penn mainstay event, was reimagined as a more creative and inclusive experience for all participants under Ms. Bonner’s watch. She also has been involved with Parent Outreach and Development Partners, the Identity and Leadership Research Committee and Open Expression Monitors.
Prior to returning to Penn, Ms. Bonner served as Program Advisor in the Student Programs and Activities Office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In that role, she mentored and counseled the student event planners at an institution serving 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. At Illinois, Ms. Bonner also advised two Greek chapters and facilitated leadership development activities across the University.
Ms. Bonner graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s in English and journalism. She earned a master of science in education from Penn.