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Kate Stuard

Kate Stuard

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Kate's work combines: Writing, Education, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Communications Director

I oversee our communications strategy and handle media relations.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Normal Community High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Double Major: Communications and English Literature

    Butler Univeristy

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Public Relations Specialists:

Bachelor's Degree: Double Major: Communications and English Literature

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Interned at WISH-TV as a promotions intern.

  • 2.

    Moved to Chicago after college to pursue a job in event planning at Red Frog Events. I quickly realized event planning (and Chicago) were not for me.

  • 3.

    Moved back to Indianapolis and began my communications career at Bandy Carroll Hellige as a Communications Coordinator.

  • 4.

    After a couple of years at BCH, I moved on to another public relations agency called Dittoe PR as an Account Executive.

  • 5.

    Within two years, I was promoted to Senior Account Manager at Dittoe Public Relations.

  • 6.

    I decided to make a career change and began my job as Communications Director for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    There aren't any jobs out there for English majors.

  • How I responded:

    This simply isn't true! English majors can do a variety of different jobs. The major is helpful for developing excellent writing skills and critical thinking abilities. That said, it could help to pursue a double major in another field that interests you. Personally, I was interested in strategic communications in addition to English literature and was able to combine the two to set myself for a career in communications.