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Cathleen Walters
Associate Dean/ Advancement

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706



As associate dean for advancement for the College of Engineering, Cathleen Walters oversees the college development, alumni relations, corporate relations and communications teams and is carrying out a new model for advancement developed in collaboration with UW Foundation.

With an array of experience that includes major-gift fund-raising in healthcare, academia and nonprofit settings, Walters joined the college as associate dean in fall 2013. Prior to this position, she was director of philanthropy for the Columbia St. Mary's Foundation in Milwaukee, where she worked on a $45 million capital campaign to build a new hospital. Walters also has held development director positions with Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Pennsylvania, Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services in Watertown, Wisconsin, and Family Sharing of Ozaukee County in Grafton, Wisconsin.

She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from UW-Madison in 1990 and currently is pursuing a master's degree in nonprofit administration and philanthropy from Bay Path College.