Rosemary Kilkenny (L’87, Parent’06)

Georgetown University

Vice President, Institutional Diversity and Equity

Georgetown University’s first vice president for Institutional Diversity and Equity, Rosemary Kilkenny got her start in the affirmative action arena during graduate school by asking the dean at Kent State University why she was one of only nine Black full-time graduate students. The Dean responded by challenging her to develop a national program to increase the representation of Black graduate students. Her tremendous success in this bold effort led Kent State University to appoint her as assistant dean for graduate recruitment. She quickly moved to the position of assistant director of human resource utilization, followed by an appointment as interim director of affirmative action. The State University of New York at Albany lured her away from Kent State University and appointed her as their director of affirmative action programs. Following a three-year stint at SUNY, she was hired at Georgetown as special assistant for affirmative action programs. She has represented Georgetown on matters of employment discrimination, educational equity, Title IX, other issues of affirmative action, faculty recruitment, conflict resolution, and local, small, disadvantaged business development.

Kilkenny has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Affirmative Action, Howard Road Academy, and National Child Research Center respectively. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum of Washington, D.C. She has given many seminars on such topics as cultural diversity, sexual harassment, and legal issues in affirmative action.

Kilkenny received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center after attending Kent State University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

On a personal note, Kilkenny has two sons, one of whom is a 2006 Georgetown graduate. Her other son is an 8th grader at Georgetown Day School.