Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame Graduate Business Programs announces new director

Published: July 11, 2018 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business announced Kelli Kilpatrick as the senior director of Graduate Business Programs as of Aug. 1. Kilpatrick will oversee admissions, student services, alumni relations and career services for Mendoza’s residential graduate programs, which include the Notre Dame MBA, Master of Science in Management and Master of Science in Accountancy, as well as the Master of Science in Business Analytics program slated for launch in 2019.

“It is truly an honor to have been chosen to serve the University of Notre Dame in this important way,” said Kilpatrick.  “From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew that this was special place and I look forward to working with great students, esteemed faculty, dedicated staff and loyal alumni to advance the mission of the Graduate Business Programs at Mendoza.”

Kilpatrick brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, with the last 20 years working with graduate business programs. Most recently, she worked with graduate business programs at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business, and previously directed the full-time MBA program at Texas A&M, as well as admissions and recruiting at Duke University, among other graduate business leadership roles. 

 She also spent several years in higher education enrollment management consulting working with client institutions throughout North America, and has numerous professional achievements, including serving on the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) National Conference Planning Committee.

Kilpatrick earned a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas A&M University. She also participated in Harvard’s Management Development Program. 

“Kelli impressed the members of the search committee and myself with her commitment to mission, emphasis on a collaborative approach to leadership and amazing breadth of higher education knowledge,” said K.J. Martijn Cremers, interim dean of Mendoza College of Business. “I’m confident that Kelli’s vision and commitment to excellence will make her a great addition to GBP’s strong team.”

The Notre Dame MBA was founded in 1968 with the mission of business as a force for good in the global community. The program is offered in three formats: the accelerated One-Year MBA, the Two-Year MBA and the Notre Dame MBA/Master of Science in Business Analytics, a STEM-designated, dual-degree program that allows students to earn an MBA and an MSBA within two years.

The Notre Dame Master of Science in Management is an 11-month, 38 credit hour program designed for recent college graduates with non-business degrees and two years or less of work experience.

The Notre Dame Master of Science in Accountancy is 10-month, 30 credit hour program that offers two tracks: assurance and advisory services or tax services.

For more information about the graduate programs at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, call (574) 631-8488 or visit