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Women in Philanthropy

March 3 & 4, 2015

Held at Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio


Musimbi KanyoroDr. Musimbi Kanyoro
President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

Katie Koch
Katie KochHead of Global Portfolio Solutions International
Goldman Sachs United Kingdom

Dr. Katherine Fell
Katherine FellPresident
The University of Findlay


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The Women's Fund of Central Ohio

Philanthropy Ohio

Benfactor Group

The NORD Family Foundation

Cardinal Health

The Columbus Foundation


Ernst & Young

L Brands


The University of Findlay

Otterbein University
Dr. Katherine Fell

The University of Findlay

Katherine FellKatherine Rowe Fell became the 17th president of The University of Findlay on July 1, 2010. Fell has led the University community through an update of the 2005-15 Strategic Plan, adding emphases on experiential learning, intercultural understanding, and community service for the University’s students and sparking a re-examination of the core curriculum.

Fell is a member of the American Association of University Women and of Handbags That Help, a women’s philanthropic organization serving Hancock County, Ohio. She served as keynote speaker for the American Association of University Women’s 2011 State Conference, and she is founding board member for the Hancock County Performing Arts Center.

Fell previously served as vice president for advancement at Centenary College, Shreveport, La., where she had been the chief development officer since 2000. She began her tenure at Centenary in 1986 in the Department of English. During her 14 years as a professor, she taught and published in the fields of literature, writing, and pedagogy. She also led in the development of an interdisciplinary major in communication, which grew to become one of the college’s strongest majors.

During Fell’s tenure at The University of Findlay, undergraduate and graduate enrollment have continued to increase and there has been a significant increase in international student enrollment. She has been instrumental in securing memoranda of understanding with several international universities and provided oversight to the committee that successfully prepared for continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

A native of Stamps, Ark., she holds a bachelor of science in education in English, with a minor in speech, from Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, and a master of arts in English from Louisiana Technical University in Ruston. She completed a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University at College Station.

Fell and her husband, Roger, are the parents of six children.