Kim Abel
Executive Director, Executive Programs
Kim Abel

Innovation, confidence through chaos, and persistence are the attributes Kim Abel has leveraged as a leader in higher education.  From developing student programs used as models for others to designing world-class professional development programs for employees, Kim has optimized human, fiscal, structural, and technical systems to achieve unparalleled results.  An academic at heart, Kim leans on theory, research, and assessment to define purpose, path, and expected results. 

With over 25 years of leadership experience, Kim has directly led organizations of five to 300 employees; provided programs and services to a workforce of 10,000; served college communities of 1,000 to 30,000 students; facilitated staff and organizational development activities; managed budgets up to 50 million; implemented enterprise-wide software systems; managed organizational communication and branding strategies, and provided oversight of space exceeding two-million square feet.

An inspirational leader who cultivates a shared vision and encourages transparency and accountability, Kim advances the success of individuals and organizations.  A stalwart advocate for students and for creating campus communities that promote discovery and learning.  Building relationships across institutional boundaries to champion mission, vision, and values.

Kim earned a doctorate in Leadership and Administration at Point Park University, a Master of Science in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Kentucky University.  Research interests include change management, organizational performance, workforce development, policy development, student development and learning, and Title IX. Kim currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Executive Director for the Executive MBA programs and Center for Executive Education at the University of Pittsburgh. 

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