Kathie Golden Administrative Assistant Office: Global Academic Programs Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 1992
Kathie Golden’s route from a small town in middle America to a distinguished institution of higher learning on the East Coast has become a global journey. Since 1992, Kathie has provided administrative support in NYIT’s Offices of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Financial Affairs, and Student Affairs. She brings a wealth of information to the college-wide committees on which she serves, such as the Commencement Planning Committee – yes, she’s the one U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer looks for to robe him every year at the New York commencement ceremony! For the past eight years, Kathie has been a steadfast presence in the Office of Global Academic Programs and has played a key liaison role to NYIT’s campuses in the Middle East, China, and Canada. Her far-flung responsibilities include preparing accreditation documents; making travel arrangements for administrators, faculty and staff members; and facilitating the daily exchange of information with our global partners via e-mail and video- and teleconferencing. Kathie, a proud mother of three (Kylee, Kirstyn, and Thomas), has forged rewarding relationships with her overseas colleagues, many of whom have become lifelong friends.
1. What is your favorite NYIT memory?
In the late 1990s, I attended a fundraising event at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. I met luminaries such as the late Senator Ted Kennedy, entertainers Bette Midler and Jackson Browne, and business mogul Sumner Redstone. Not my usual Monday night out.
2. What would your NYIT colleagues be surprised to know about you?
I grew up in a very small town in northwestern Kansas. The population of my hometown was1,200. While attending Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., I met my future husband, John, who grew up in Flushing, N.Y. We spent our summers apart but in July of 1981, John sent me a plane ticket to visit him in the Big Apple. I found the city to be a little intimidating but exhilarating. I realized I wasn’t in Kansas anymore.
3. What’s on your NYIT “to do” list?
To visit all of NYIT’s global campuses, of course!