Kellie Thompson Named Director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

12.14.2017--Kelli Thompson headshot James Byard / WUSTL PhotosCongratulations to Kellie (Szczepaniec) Thompson! Kellie has been named the new Director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies within the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, effective January 1, 2019. Dr. Molly Tovar will retire as Director of the Buder Center on December 31, 2018 after eight years of exceptional service. Kellie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame and Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She was previously the Assistant Director at the Buder Center and before this a Research Coordinator at the Center for Diabetes Translation Research.

With her promotion to Director, the Buder Center is now seeking a qualified candidate for the Assistant Director position. This position will play a leadership role in executing the Center’s strategic plan, collaborate with campus and community partners to support the mission of the Center, and implement programs related to recruitment, retention and research. For additional information or to apply for this job please visit and search for Job ID 41207. For more information about the Buder Center, the Brown School or scholarships available to Native students please contact Kellie at [email protected].

Kellie (Hawk Clan, Allegany Territory) is the daughter of Paul & Lori Szczepaniec, granddaughter of Gail O’Brien & the late Patrick J. Gendrue, I, and great-granddaughter of the late Beulah Watt-Wendell.