Patricia Hilkert is currently the Director of New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) at Northwestern University. In this position, she is responsible for planning,organizing and overseeing all facets of Wildcat Welcome, Northwestern’s fall orientation program for new students, and other various new student and family initiatives, including Family Weekend.
Originally from North Riverside, Illinois, “Patti” received a B.S. degree in Speech Communication and Public Relations from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Masters of Education, specializing in Student Personnel Administration, from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Previously, Patti was the Director of Orientation and New Student Programs at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and served on the Board of Directors for the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA).
Patti loves the fun and highly engaging Northwestern students, as well as the picturesque campus set on beautiful Lake Michigan. Patti currently resides in Wilmette, Illinois, with her husband Scott and two small children, Lexi and Aaron. Go 'Cats!