2017 Woman of Achievement Nominee.
Kathy Mangels is the vice president for finance and administration at Southeast Missouri State
University. As member of the executive staff her influence is seen in many areas of the
university. She oversees the offices of purchasing, accounting services, financial aid, research &
grant development, human resources, equity and inclusion, public safety, information
technology, facilities management and more. She serves as chief financial officer for the
University’s $550 million of assets and the University Foundation’s endowment of $80 million.
Mangels is a member of the City of Cape Girardeau’s Developer’s Roundtable and the Cape
Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, and she serves on statewide organizations such as the
American Council on Education-Missouri Statewide Planning Committee to provide professional
development to advance women into higher education leadership roles. She also serves on the
Missouri Department of Higher Education’s Performance Funding Task Force.
Her team’s work on the $21 million renovation of Academic Hall received the Legacy Award
from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation. The University’s project to renovate a 1964
savings and loan association building in downtown Cape Girardeau was recognized by Old
Town Cape with the John Boardman Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation Award. Mangels says
this recognition of her team’s work is especially gratifying since the leadership team managing
these projects were herself and two other females in traditionally male careers.
Mangels believes one of the biggest challenges facing women today is maintaining a healthy
work/life balance. The struggle for such balance is something she experienced as a young
working mother, battling the perception that devoting time to family is a sign of lack of
commitment to career. As a supervisor, Mangels has the opportunity to impact young
professional women in numerous ways, such as expanding leave benefits for mothers and fathers
at the time of birth or adoption and expanding the use of sick leave benefits for family medical
needs including parental issues.