Kathy Purnell

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Kathy Purnell
Advisory board member
(269) 743-2501
(269) 387-8935
220 E Walwood Hall, Mail Stop 5440
Mailing address: 
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5308 USA
  • J.D., DePaul University, College of Law
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • A.B., Harvard University

Dr. Kathy Purnell, an instructor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, is staff attorney for Justice for our Neighbors and a member of the inaugural Black Leadership Council for the State of Michigan. She also is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Her prior positions at Western Michigan University have included serving as the Office of the Vice President for Research's Research Contracts Administrator (Pre-Award Contracts), WMU's first University Service Learning Coordinator and an instructor in the First Year Experience Program and Department of Political Science. At the University of Chicago, she served as Director of External Funding and Special Projects for the Physical Sciences Division and as Associate Director of Foundation Relations.