Alumni Awards Foundation Names Ambassador Kathryn Proffitt as Chief Executive Officer

Posted on September 25th, 2014

headshots-board-005The Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) has selected Ambassador Kathryn Linda Proffitt as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ambassador Proffitt has served on AAF’s board of directors since 2003 and received the “Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service” from the organization in 2001.

“We are pleased that Kathy has agreed to accept the role of CEO,” said Dr. Robert Summerour, AAF board chair. “She has the experience, skills and relationships necessary to lead AAF to accomplish our mission for Adventist Christian education.”

Ambassador Proffitt founded Call-America, a long distance telecommunication company headquartered in Arizona. Being among the first, she helped pioneer the competitive long distance industry. She also served as a policy advisor to the White House on telecommunication issues and represented the long distance industry before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission 

Ambassador Proffitt was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Malta from 1997 to 2001.  After completing her diplomatic mission, Dr. Guido de Marco, President of the Republic of Malta, presented her with the “Grant Thornton Award for Enterprise and Foreign Direct Investment” in recognition of her outstanding promotion of American trade and investment in Malta.View More:

“I am honored to be chosen by the Alumni Awards Foundation to lead this organization,” Ambassador Proffitt said. “Our mission is one of great trust and responsibility, with eternal consequences. Adventist education remains our most effective method of evangelism.  Our goal is to prepare our students to be exceptional leaders in their chosen profession while also educating the future leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”

Ambassador Proffitt began her career in public health as a dental hygiene educator, serving as the Acting Director of Dental Hygiene at Yakima Valley College.  She also taught at Phoenix College.

The Association for Adventist Women selected Ambassador Proffitt as the “Women of the Year for Outstanding Achievement,” in 1998. She was inducted into the Competitive Telecommunication’s Association’s Champions of Competition Hall of Fame in 2002.

“Kathy is the clear choice for advancing the Renaissance Network vision of excellence in Adventist Education,” Summerour said. “Her knowledge of the organization from being on the AAF board for more than 11 years and her understanding of running a business makes her a perfect fit.”


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