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About Kathryn T. Bliss

Kathryn Todd Bliss, a native Lexingtonian, recently graduated from UK with a PhD in Education Sciences. Her dissertation, entitled Global Competence Survey Development, focused on defining and measuring the global competence construct. In 2004 and 2008, respectively, she earned a Bachelor of Arts with an International Studies topical major (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MBA from UK. Kathryn loves learning world languages and has studied French, Arabic, and Chinese. During her time as a PhD student, she worked as a graduate assistant for the UK Confucius Institute and for the UK College of Education’s Office for International Engagement.

Previously, she worked as the international aquaculture marketing manager for Alltech and as an intelligence analyst for the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. As Coordinator of the OCI, Kathryn collaborates with UK colleges and offices on international Chinese student recruitment, enhances and supports UK Chinese student and scholar success, and facilitates programs for UK faculty and students to research, teach, and study in China.

In her personal time, Kathryn enjoys gardening with her husband, Jake; caring for their two cats (Dusty and Jane), two dogs (Riggs and Jimmer), and saltwater fish (too many to name); and performing on stage.