Featured, Speakers|February 7, 2012 11:00 am

Elizabeth Kolmstetter ’85, Who Played Key Role with TSA after 9-11, to Speak at 170th Commencement

Elizabeth Brownlee Kolmstetter, Ph.D., a member of Hollins’ class of 1985 and the Deputy Associate Director of National Intelligence within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker at Hollins University’s 170th Commencement Exercises, which will be held Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. on Hollins’ historic Front Quadrangle.

Dr. Kolmstetter is an industrial and organizational psychologist who has worked with the ODNI since October 2007. She is responsible for developing and implementing human capital policies, procedures, and programs across the 17 departments and independent agencies that make up the intelligence community. In May 2010, the Director of National Intelligence awarded the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal to Dr. Kolmstetter in recognition of her leadership, contributions, and service.

Prior to joining the ODNI, Dr. Kolmstetter served as the Director for Human Capital Development at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security. One of the very first federal employees selected in January 2002 to be part of the creation of the TSA in the aftermath of 9-11, she was directly responsible for establishing and managing the new standards and hiring system that resulted in the largest civilian workforce mobilization in U.S. history – the hiring of over 55,000 security screeners at 430 airports across the nation in less than one year. From 2000-2002, she worked with the National Skill Standards Board, where she was the Senior Director for Standards, Assessment, and Certification, and from 1993-2000 served as the first Chief of Personnel Assessment and Research, and first-ever industrial and organizational psychologist, at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dr. Kolmstetter earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology at Virginia Tech following the completion of her B.A. in psychology and computer science at Hollins. To acknowledge her many accomplishments, Hollins presented her with the university’s Distinguished Alumnae Award in June 2010. She and her husband, Michael, who received his master of arts in liberal studies from Hollins in 1990, are the parents of twelve-year-old twins, Miles and Nicole (Nicole attended Hollinsummer, the university’s summer program for middle school and high school girls, in 2011).

Dr. Kolmstetter is the daughter of Drs. Tom and Paula Brownlee. Paula Brownlee was president of Hollins from 1981-1990.

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