Ann Elish is maintenance and engineering manager at the KapStone paper mill in North Charleston where she has served in various leadership roles for 35 years. A pioneer in her field, she was the first female technical service engineer when she was hired in 1978 and was the first woman to serve in her subsequent leadership positions. She is a strong advocate for women in the STEM fields.
Ms. Elish has a long association with The Citadel and is a vested stakeholder in the institution. She earned two graduate degrees from The Citadel — an MBA in 1986 and a master’s in clinical counseling in 2008.
"The Citadel’s principles of Honor, Duty and Respect, combined with my classroom experience, have shaped both my career and personal life," says Ms. Elish.
"Since I first enrolled in 1981, I have been a student, manager, parent, friend, coworker and volunteer. Though I wear many different hats, I bring the same core values to each of these roles. Today, I am happy to serve The Citadel and look forward to an increasing presence of women leaders within the corps, faculty and staff."
Ms. Elish served as an advisory member of the Board of Visitors from 1997 to 2000, a member of the Citadel Business Network from 2002 to 2004 and has participated in several Citadel Graduate School advisory committees. She has been a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Advisory board since 2011.
She takes an active role in community service and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina. She previously served on the Charleston Metro Chamber Education Foundation Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008 and now is a member of the foundation’s Return on Investment Committee.
In addition to her master’s degrees from the Citadel, she earned a bachelor’s degree in paper science and engineering from Miami University in Ohio.
A resident of Mount Pleasant, S.C., she enjoys running, reading and traveling. Her son, Jamie, is a process engineer at Rayonier in Fernandina Beach, Fla., and her daughter, Jenna, is an architecture student at North Carolina State University.
Ann Elish (2014). Personal communication.