Office of the President

Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D., President

Kathleen A. Rinehart serves as the 9th president of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Prior to her appointment, she served as general counsel and secretary of the Corporation for Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and in an Of Counsel role at Franczek Radelet in Chicago. President Rinehart also serves as a consultant, facilitator and conflict coach for colleges and universities across the country, assisting them with the implementation of supervisory best practices and communication tools to effectively manage departmental and other campus conflict.
President Rinehart is a featured speaker on higher education and dispute resolution issues at numerous local, regional and national seminars. She served on the board of directors for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Prior to her legal career, President Rinehart was an educator and master teacher at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and served as the law clerk to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice (Ret.), Janine P. Geske. President Rinehart received her bachelor's degree, Juris Doctor and a master’s degree in dispute resolution from Marquette University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching – History from the University of Chicago.

A Time for Hope, not Despair, in Higher Education

On March 24, 2019, Stritch President Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D., penned A Time for Hope, not Despair, in Higher Education which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal and Green Bay Press-Gazette. The piece focuses on the extraordinary work that has been done at Cardinal Stritch University or more than 80 years, as well as the leadership role Stritch and many other institutions can and must continue to play to ensure that students of all racial, nationality and socio-economic backgrounds are able to realize their academic dreams and enhance their long-term opportunities for success in the communities where they choose to live, work and lead.



About The University

Cardinal Stritch University was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1937 and was chartered by the State of Wisconsin as a fully-accredited, degree granting institution. Today, Stritch is one of the largest Franciscan institutions of higher education in North America. We offer more than 60 exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help students develop new skills, gain career-related experience and build professional networks.These academic programs prepare students of all ages, faiths, races and socio-economic backgrounds to succeed in the communities where they live, work, serve and lead.

Stritch is known as an excellent choice for studying businesseducationliberal artsleadershipnursing, and the sciences. Students with diverse faith and cultural backgrounds embrace and live our core Franciscan values of creating a caring community, showing compassion, reverencing creation and making peace.

A vibrant campus life offers shared and meaningful experiences through a vast array of student clubs and organizations, diverse activities, intercollegiate athletics, performing arts, community service projects and leadership opportunities.

More than 38,000 Stritch alumni are recognized worldwide for their leadership roles in businesses, health care organizations, corporations, educational institutions, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organizations. Responsive to the needs of their communities, Stritch graduates are critical thinkers, ethical decision-makers and lifelong learners.

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