SOLES Alumna Spotlight: Kay Krohne '91 (EdD), Leadership Studies

Kay Krohne
begin quoteThe classroom experience was by far my favorite, as this was where I was able to debate ideas and hear opposing viewpoints. This is what really enriched my life on campus.

Tell us about your SOLES degree program and why you chose it.

I was executive officer of the NROTC Unit at the University of San Diego when I started my leadership doctorate. I already had an MBA and this seemed like a logical progression.

Who was your favorite professor at SOLES?

Dr. Joe Rost challenged me the most, and I learned a great deal from him.

What is your favorite memory of being at SOLES and/or USD?

Seeing the campus as not just a faculty member, but as a member of the student body was very rewarding. I really appreciated getting to know and learn about my fellow students’ backgrounds and intellectual capabilities.

What was your favorite place on campus and why?

The classroom experience was by far my favorite, as this was where I was able to debate ideas and hear opposing viewpoints. This is what really enriched my life on campus.

Tell us a little bit about your journey since graduating.

I wrote my dissertation on a very hot topic at the time: sexual harassment in the military. As a result, the world beat a path to my door. At one time, I had Sam Donaldson on one line and Ted Koppel on the other, asking me to comment on my research.

How has your SOLES education impacted your career and your career goals?

I was able to start my own business and be very successful in that role. Since I graduated, I have taught leadership at the highest levels of the business community, I have served as an executive coach for profit and not-for-profit executives, and I have worked as an expert witness in a number of high-profile court cases. None of this would have been possible if not for my degree from USD.

If you could offer a current SOLES student advice, what would it be?

Be open to the experiences of others, even if they differ from your own.

How have you remained involved with USD since earning your degree?

Early on, I taught a number of courses at USD (as well as several other universities). My husband and I offer an annual scholarship in our son’s name through the NROTC Unit.

Contact:

Amanda Gonzales
amanda@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4539

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