Brooks named Executive Director for Personal and Career Development

Katharine BrooksKatharine Brooks has joined Wake Forest as Executive Director for Personal and Career Development.

Brooks, a nationally recognized career specialist with more than 20 years experience in higher education, was most recently the liberal arts career services director at The University of Texas at Austin where she managed a career center serving more than 10,000 liberal arts undergraduate and graduate students.

“As a liberal arts grad myself, with undergraduate degrees in sociology and anthropology, I believe in the value of viewing workplace challenges from the many perspectives that a liberal arts education provides,” Brooks said. “In my new role, I look forward to working in partnership with faculty, staff and students and building on Wake Forest’s nationally recognized leadership in the area of college to career counseling.”

Vice President for Personal and Career Development Andy Chan describes Kate Brooks as having been an innovator and thought leader in the career development field throughout her career. “Kate’s work with liberal arts faculty and contemporary coaching methods will enable us to educate and equip every Wake Forest student for the world of work. Kate will be instrumental in supporting our efforts to radically transform the college-to-career experience and provide comprehensive personal, career and professional development for every student.”

Brooks is the author of “You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career” (Viking Press, 2009). She created the “Career Coaching Intensive” training program for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and is a blogger for Psychology Today. Author of numerous articles related to career coaching, counseling and marketing liberal arts, Brooks is also a regular presenter at regional and national conferences.

In June, Brooks received the Kauffman Award, which honors tangible contributions to NACE that significantly improve the association and the field of college recruiting and career services. She was recognized for career coaching programming and writing.

Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Gettysburg College, and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctorate in educational psychology from West Virginia University.