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SMU Announces Executive Director and Director for SMU Continuing & Professional Education

Kate Livingston

Kate Livingston

Kate Livingston has accepted the position as Executive Director of Extended Learning, effective June 1, 2012. In this capacity, she will continue in her role as Campus Director of SMU-in-Plano, as well as Director of the J-Term Program held on that campus. She will add to her portfolio the oversight of Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) at both the Dallas/Park Cities Campus and also at Plano.

She brings extensive experience to this new activity, including her previous roles as Associate Dean for Executive Education and Community Outreach at the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management; as Assistant Dean for Marketing and Strategic Planning at the University of Miami, School of Continuing Studies; and as Assistant Dean and Director of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of New Orleans, Metropolitan College.

Kimberly Rutigliano

Kimberly Rutigliano

Working with Dean David Chard, Kate has begun the administrative transition of CAPE from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development to the Provost’s Office. They have also brought on board Kimberly Rutigliano as the new Director of SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education (replacing Amy Heitzman).

Kimberly has served as Director at Bright Horizons Family Solutions-Plano; she was Program Manager of Avance-Dallas; and she also served as Assistant Area Coordinator of Student Development at Texas Tech University. An SMU alum, she has a B.A. with departmental distinction as a double major in Psychology and Spanish with minors in History and Latin American Studies. Notably she served as an R.A. and Learning Enhancement Assistant at the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center. She also holds a dual M.B.A. from Texas Tech University and Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City.

Kate Livingston and Kimberly Rutigliano will make a great team advancing Continuing and Professional Education at SMU and strengthening our noncredit program offerings to better serve this important and expanding educational market in North Texas. The degree program of Master of Liberal Studies will remain with the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and several existing noncredit programs will remain in Cox, Lyle and Perkins. Please join me in congratulating Kate and welcoming Kimberly to SMU.