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Rich Cohrs

Senior Director of Administration & Engagement

Rich Cohrs

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Rich Cohrs joined The Graduate School in March 2018 as the director of communications & engagement and became the senior director of administration & engagement in October 2022. He is responsible for the school’s administrative and engagement activities, including strategic communications.

In this role, Rich develops and implements administrative best practices that support the strategic vision and impact of The Graduate School and directs and maintains consistent branding, unified messaging, and strategic communication plans.

In partnership with the associate dean of finance & business operations, Rich also serves as a liaison to Human Resources and is responsible for the overall employee experience, including hiring, onboarding, and offboarding employees, as well as performance excellence, staff development, retention, and recognition.

Prior to Northwestern, Rich held a variety of communication leadership roles at Gap, Inc. and Crate and Barrel. He  has an extensive background in advising and consulting with C-suite executives and senior leaders to craft and communicate timely and inspiring messaging, as well as creating and executing communication strategies for complex organizations.

Rich holds BA degrees in English and communication from University of Michigan and an MS degree in communication from Northwestern University.