Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

15200 Kutztown Road
Kutztown, PA 19530


Undergraduate: 7,391
Graduate: 918
Total Headcount: 8,309

Professor Presented Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award

Dr. Julia L. Hovanec, department chair and associate professor of Art Education at Kutztown University, has been honored as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award recipient from The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA).​


 Points of Pride

All of the programs in KU’s College of Business have earned specialized accreditations: The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation for Sport Management and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for Business Administration.​

          KU is designated as an All Steinway School, making a commitment to excellence in musical teaching and performance. KU is one of more than 150 schools worldwide and a dozen in PA with the designation.

Kutztown University’s observatory was involved in the discovery of a newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot that it's stretching the definition of the word "planet." 

          KU’s new Education Doctorate (Ed. D.) in Transformational Teaching and Learning is designed to offer education and training to prepare educators who will ultimately transform their classroom to promote social change.

KU’s 24/7 food service program has revolutionized campus dining.

 Notable Alumni

​Andre Reed ’05 - Pro Football Hall of Famer who helped the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls.

​Ryan Vogelsong ’98 - Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series winning pitcher for the San Francisco Giants

​Guido Pichini ’74 - Five-time Chair of the State System Board of Governors from 2011-16; President and CEO of Security Guards, Inc.

​Arenda Wright-Allen ’82 - United States federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

​Jennifer Groover ’95 - serial entrepreneur (Empowered, Butler Bag, Leader Girlz & more), multi-network biz/lifestyle contributor, author, speaker, and designer


Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson

Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson

Dr. Hawkinson came to Kutztown from Western Illinois University, where he most recently served as provost from 2012-15. He was hired there in 1988 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. He also is a former military officer, having served in the U.S. Army as both an infantry officer and a public affairs officer.

Hawkinson earned his bachelor's degree in history from Western Illinois. He also has a Master of Arts in speech communication from the institution and a Ph.D. in speech communication/performance studies from Southern Illinois University. He was a Fulbright scholar from 1990-91, during which he taught American studies at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in West Africa, and conducted research in African folklore and oral tradition. He also served for two years as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Mali. Learn more.