Kathryn F. Worthen



Kathryn F. Worthen


Worthen, Kathryn F.
Distinguished Alumnus

Class of



  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters,
  • Philander Smith College 
  • Masters Degree - Public Service Administration, Governors State University Park Forest, IL
  • BA - Social Work, Philander Smith College 
  • Catholic Theological Union (Master of Divinity Program) 1992
  • Loyola University School of Social Work 1964
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 1999


  • Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Illinois Dept. Human Services
  • Local Office Administrator, Assist. Regional Administrator, Executive I, Management Operations Analyst, Staff Development Specialist, Case Manager, Illinois Dept. Public Aid/Human Services


  • Member Board of Trustees, Philander Smith College, 2000 - 2004
  • Past National President, Philander Smith College National Alumni Association
  • Current Chair of Planned Giving Committee, Philander Smith College National Alumni Association 
  • Vice President, Chicago Chapter Philander Smith College Alumni Association, 2016 
  • St. Ailbe Catholic Church and Archdiocesan: Member of Father Tolton Canonization Guild, Board Member Tolton Scholars – Catholic Theological Union, Board Member Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women
  • Knights of St. Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary - Court 181: Spiritual Development Committee, Facilitated annual retreats for three years, Male Image Award Scholarship Committee, Male Image Award Program Committee – Program MC
  • United Negro College Fund, Inc. - National Alumni Council (1971 to Present)
  • Positions held: National Awards Chairperson
  • First Vice President, Second Vice President 
  • Co-Chair of 2008 Evening of Stars Fund Raiser
  • Coordinator of 2009 South Suburban Fund Raiser
  • Chairperson of Alumni Reclamation Committee 
  • National Alumni Council Strategic Planning Team 
  • 2016 National Conference Worship Facilitator
  • Village of South Holland 
  • Past Member of Communications Commission
  • Past Chair of Diversity Dinners 
  • Founder of the Village Dr. King Birthday Celebration in 2009
  • Dr. King Birthday Celebration Program Committee and MC - Current
  • Seton Academy College Preparatory, South Holland – Board Chair 
  • 2012 Seton Star Honoree
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - Life Member
  • Village of South Holland Master Chorale Member

Honors and Awards

  • PSC Distinguished Alumni Award, 1985
  • Rockefeller Scholar
  • Nominated for Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities - 1963 and 1964
  • Recipient of Northern District Woman of the Year Award, Knights of St. Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary - Court 181, 2008


Kathryn F. Worthen Bio/Resume. Alumni Affairs Collections, PSC Archives and Special Collections

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“Kathryn F. Worthen,” Philander Smith College Digital Archive, accessed August 8, 2022, https://pscdigitalarchive.omeka.net/items/show/451.