In Memoriam: Kathryn Hildebrand

Kathryn Hildebrand, AACTE member and dean of Idaho State University (ISU) College of Education, passed away on Monday, February 25 after a battle with cancer. 

As a vital advocate for the educator preparation community, Kathy targeted her efforts toward creating strong partnerships with school districts in the region, which included promoting dual enrollment courses high school students could take to earn credits at the College of Education.  Kathy pushed the agenda within the education community, with a focus on priorities that included course offerings through innovative technology, distance learning, and online models. 

Kathy earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University where she was a track athlete. She holds a doctorate in physical education and curriculum and instruction from Florida State University.  She served as dean of the College of Education at ISU since March 2018, having previously served in the same capacity at Troy University. She also served as the AACTE chief representative for the ISU College of Education. 

Her colleagues remember her fondly, saying she made a strong and positive impression during her time at ISU. As a kind and engaging woman, she will be remembered as “welcoming and comforting to everybody and worked her way into our system and our hearts here pretty easily.”

“AACTE mourns the loss of Dean Hildebrand, who has left us too soon.” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “Together with the Idaho State community, we honor Kathy’s memory and her many contributions to our field.”

Those who wish to honor Dean Hildebrand’s memory may contribute toward the Kathy Hildebrand Educational Scholarship Fund for Orphans at Hope 4 Kids International, PO Box 74010, Phoenix, AZ 85087. Please make checks payable to the H4KI-Kathy Hildebrand Fund.

Kathy will always be remembered as a dedicated champion of education and we will continue to be grateful for her commitment to our community. 


Meghan Grenda

Director of Membership, AACTE