Kate Holmquest

Kate is the Campus Director for the Wright Graduate University.

She manages day-to-day operations of the university, oversees the curriculum, provides leadership and support to faculty and students, and maintains student relations. Kate also coaches, leads trainings and serves as administrative Jane of all trades.

Current Role

As campus director, Kate is responsible for making sure WGU runs smoothly, from students’ experience in their courses, to accessibility of the library, to making sure WGU meets all the expectations of regulators, from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. On any given day, this can mean fixing a toilet or a telephone, crunching numbers for an annual filing, or working with the faculty on how students are mentored.

Background

Kate came on board as the founding administrator of Wright Graduate University. Previously, she worked as church relations director for Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Prior to that, she worked on cultural and retail promotion events and downtown economic development for Main Street Sioux Falls, Inc.

Kate holds her B.A. in English and secondary education from Augustana College, and an M.A. in Theological Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

What is your favorite place in Chicago that isn’t a typical tourist destination?

“The Calder Lily Pond at the north end of the Lincoln Park Zoo.”

Have any good tips for people who want to work at Wright?

“Come here if you want to learn to work harder than you’ve ever thought you were capable of and have more fun doing it than you ever thought possible. These things are related – at Wright we know that the more nourished we are, the better we serve.”

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live?

“Being a Norwegian/Swedish/Danish mutt with a bit of German in me, I would like to live in one of the Nordic countries at some point in my life.”

The funniest thing to ever happen to you at Wright was:

“When we were in a major push toward accreditation, we had a lot of late nights at the office – people with long commutes were staying over on occasion. On one of these nights when the work was done, one of my colleagues stood between his desk and mine, about three feet away from me, saying he was getting ready to go to sleep. I was looking another direction but had this silent moment of terror as out of the corner of my eye it was clear he was taking his pants off right there in the office. Thankfully, he had on a pair of long flannel pajama pants underneath his dress pants. He had worn them that entire late summer or early fall day just to be able to freak me out at the end.”