Hollins University will conduct its 170th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. on the university’s Front Quadrangle.
Elizabeth Kolmstetter, a member of Hollins’ class of 1985 and the deputy associate director of national intelligence for human capital within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in Washington, D.C., is the guest speaker. An industrial and organizational psychologist, she is responsible for developing and implementing innovative and transformational 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 Kolmstetter in recognition of her leadership, contributions, and service. Of note is her contribution as a co-lead of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Initiative commissioned by the White House.
Prior to joining ODNI, Kolmstetter served as the director for human capital development with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security. She was one of the very first federal employees tapped 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. She has been recognized with innovation and leadership awards for her work at the TSA.
After graduating from Hollins with B.A. degrees in psychology and computer science, Kolmstetter earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Virginia Tech. She is the daughter of Paula Brownlee, who served as president of Hollins from 1981 to 1990.