Beth Kroger is the chief of operations & staff at JILA. Beth graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Business Management and from the University of South Dakota with an M.B.A. Beth was selected as an inaugural Thrivent Fellow for leadership, taught leadership at the college level, studied academic leadership at Harvard University and has given numerous talks on leadership. Before joining JILA, Beth worked in private colleges and public universities, primarily as a vice president for finance and administration. She has a passion for people and doing what she can to support and encourage the discovery and development of each person’s unique gifts, skills and talents. Beth enjoys biking, gardening, reading sci fi and fantasy novels, painting and spending time with her family including her dogs, Bilbo Baggins and Obi Wan.