Leadership Team: Katie Creel - Colleges of Distinction - Colleges of Distinction

Katie Creel, Chief Strategy Officer


The daughter of Wes Creel, Katie is Colleges of Distinction’s Chief Strategy Officer. She joined the team in 2008 as an outreach partner and is now the liaison to high school guidance counselors and the college-bound community. Katie also helps with the Colleges of Distinction selection process, researching nominated schools.


Katie graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kent., with a bachelor’s degree in History. While there she was a member of the swim team, participated in ROTC, and studied abroad in France, Germany, Cambodia and Vietnam. Prior to joining Colleges of Distinction, she served as program coordinator in the Asia Division at the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington, D.C.


Katie is passionate about travel. She loves “island hopping,” and her dream is to explore Europe. She is also an avid follower of track and field, and the Olympics.