AMS Alumni Profile: Kate Snider '99

  • Kate Snider '99 Kate Snider '99
Associate Dean of the College and Weis College House Dean, Franklin & Marshall College
American Studies Major, 1999

Associate Dean Kate Snider ’99 majored in American Studies at Franklin and Marshall. She took many classes with David Schuyler, who was, in her words, “an incredible mentor.” His “Urban Experience” was one of her favorite classes and he also was her advisor for her year-long independent studies/honors project.  After graduation, Kate attended the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. The program focuses on material culture -- items made or used in American from roughly 1640 to 1820. She wrote her master’s thesis on one silver designer, Charles Osborne, who worked at Tiffany & Co. and Whiting Manufacturing Company. Her thesis was published in the Winterthur Portfolio (University of Chicago Press). After completing her MA, she worked as the consulting curator for the Benjamin Franklin 300 exhibition which was funded by Pew Charitable Trust and was a collaborative effort between numerous Philadelphia-area museums. After that, she returned to Winterthur to catalogue Chinese export porcelain, was then hired to run the adult education classes and then became a leadership gifts officer in the Development Office at the museum. A job then opened up F&M to be the Director of Donor Relations. She then moved into her current prefect position. Of her return to F&M and her job as Weis House dean, she says, “I was thrilled and haven't looked back.”    

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