Kathy Highland began her career at Iowa State University in 1968 at the University Library. She completed over 35 years of service within the Library and retired July 9, 2004. During her tenure Kathy served on many University and Library committees and councils often in various leadership capacities. Her activities and service contributions included: University Staff Council president and member, Charter member and president of Supervisory/Confidential Council, Transportation Advisory Council, Presidential Search Committee for Martin Jischke, Superior service award member of 25 and 35 year clubs, University Lighting committee Inter-institutional Council, Library Staff Association (LSA), president and member LSA education social and communication committee member, Library diversity committee, supervisor of Photoduplication Services for 30 years and ending her career in the Business Services Department.
She gave freely of her time ability and talents. She spent many hours above and beyond the call of duty working with constituents administrators and legislators in drafting and implementing programs which benefited her colleagues. She was committed to extending herself on behalf of the entire university community. Kathy continues to make heavy investments of time and energy to her family friends and community. Her attitude and abilities are greatly appreciated by all who know her. She remains an active participant as volunteer coordinator and volunteer for the Story County Sheriff’s Office hospice volunteer and five gallon blood donor. Kathy Highland’s efforts have been a significant contribution to this University and Library. She richly deserves to be honored in the Plaza of Heroines.