Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, ’59 - Philanthropic Outreach
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Sr. Kathleen Coughlin says that IWA's greatest contribution to her was fostering her growth and development as a person – intellectually, spiritually, and socially. The lifelong friends she made while a student at IWA "have remained true and steadfast on our journey through life,” Sister said. These "girls” were her rooting companions at IWA volleyball and basketball games and her confidants at lunchroom table discussions. They were also her "sisters-in-arms” during Sr. Edwin's study halls, and they all got their share of that stouthearted lady's "no, please” reminders. Sr. Kathleen left IWA for the Incarnate Word convent in San Antonio, and from there embarked on a memorable life of study and service. With her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Incarnate Word College and her Masters degree in Health Administration from St. Louis University, Sister has had a distinguished career in health care, acting in various roles -- director of nurses, hospital administrator, director of community and apostolic ministry, president/CEO of Spohn Health System, President of the Catholic Health Association of Texas, Vice President of the University of the Incarnate Word, and Provincial Superior of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Along the way, she has received many honors and awards. Among them is the "Woman of the Year” award in Amarillo, TX; Outstanding Leader on Behalf of the Catholic Church in the State of Texas, awarded by the bishops of the state; Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America; Brotherhood and Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians & Jews; and Alumna of the Year award from Incarnate Word Academy. Now embarked on a "second career” in the field of Institutional Advancement, Sr. Kathleen is proud to lead a team that has raised more than $80 million to support the students and mission of the University of Incarnate Word. She feels blessed in both her careers because she, as a woman, has had the opportunity to lead and make a difference in the lives of patients, families, and now students.