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Dan Kathan (BS '71, MBA '73)

SAF Trustee


Dan graduated from Cornell University with a BS from the College of Engineering in 1971 and received his Masters of Business Administration from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 1973.


Dan Kathan served as CEO of Student Agencies, Inc. from 1998-2012, and is currently the Managing Director of Student Agencies Foundation and a Student Agencies, Inc. Board Member. He was also greatly involved in Cornell Athletics through his involvement with mentoring the wrestling team.


Prior to joining Student Agencies in 1998, he held progressive positions for Toshiba Display Devices, a manufacturer of large and super large color picture tubes, eventually serving as Vice President of Operations and as an officer of the Company. 


After graduating from the Johnson School, Dan began his career with E. I. DuPont at their Engineering Headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware on their corporate procurement team. He later worked for Rockwell International as a financial analyst at the largest truck axle plant in the world, and subsequently served as Materials Manager and then Director of Manufacturing for Precision Filters, Inc., a manufacturer of leading edge signal conditioning equipment. He served for five years on the Board of Directors of Evaporated Metal Films, a thin film coating company, and currently is on the Advisory Board of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship affiliated with the Hotel School at Cornell University.  

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