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Kathy Corder

Nov. 8, 2006

Kathy Corder, associate director of the Office of Student Academic and Institutional Research at Western Michigan University, died Saturday, Nov. 4, in Kalamazoo. She was 52.

Corder, an Illinois native, had been battling breast cancer for several years. She came to WMU in 1995 with her husband, Kevin Corder, chair of the WMU Department of Political Science. Before joining the University, Corder had spent 10 years managing the social science computing facility at Washington University in St. Louis.

She began her WMU career in the Registrar's Office, then moved to the Office of the Provost, where her technical and social science skills were recognized as being the ideal combination for heading the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Data.

As director of APID, which was the precursor to the expanded Office of Student Academic and Institutional Research, Corder supervised the collection and release of data about the University to a host of organizations and agencies as well as the general public. Among her duties were gathering and releasing information to federal and state governmental agencies; completing some 100 surveys each year; assisting faculty in collecting data for research funding proposals; and overseeing data collection for University, college and departmental accreditation surveys.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Corder was pastry chef at Pavot in Brentwood, Mo., in the 1980s and was known to Kalamazoo-area family and friends as an avid cook and entertainer.

Corder will be buried Saturday, Nov. 11, in Illinois. A memorial service will be held on WMU's campus at a future date and details of the service will be announced later in WMU News.

Donations may be made to Family and Children Services of Kalamazoo or the West Michigan Cancer Center.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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