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Kay Kretschmar Runge, American library consultant. Recipient Service Key award Iowa State University Alumni Association, 1979, American Library Association/ALTA National Advocacy Honor Roll award, 2000, Des Moines Women of Influence award, 2004, Carrie Chapman Catt Public Advancement award Iowa State University Alumni Association, 2006; named Quad City Panhellenic Woman of Year, 1998.


Runge, Kay Kretschmar was born on December 9, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Alfred Edwin and Ina (Paul) Kretschmar.


Bachelor of Science in History Education, Iowa State University, Ames, 1969. Master of Library Science, University Iowa, Iowa City, 1970.


Public service library Anoka County Library., Blaine, Minnesota, 1971-1972. Cataloger Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1972-1974. Director Scott County Library.

Systems, Eldridge, Iowa, 1974-1985, Davenport (Iowa) Public Library., 1985—2001, Des Moines Public Library., 2001—2007, KKRunge Associate, since 2007.


Vice president Quad-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1992—1997, Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, 1992—2001, Downtown Davenport Development Corporation, 1992—2000, Hall of Honor Board, Davenport Central High School, 1992—1995, Brenton Bank Board, 1995—2001, Wells Fargo Bank Board, 2001. Steering committee Quad-Cities Vision for the Future, 1987—1991, Humanities Iowa, 1993—2000, chair, 1998—1999. Board governors Iowa State University Foundation, since 1991.

Dean's advisory board Liberal Arts and Science College Iowa State University, 2004—2010, citizens advisory council, 1998—2000, Leadership Iowa, 1998—1999. Advisory board University Iowa School Library. Science, 1999—2010, chair, 2006—2009, adjunct professor, 2000—2001.

Development board Iowa State University Foundation, since 2000, Greater Des Moines Leadership, 2002—2003. Board regents Iowa Public Radio Executive Council, since 2005. Chair Iowa Public Radio, 2008—2010.

Board trustees Figge Museum Art, Davenport, since 2009. Board directors Riverfront Development Communications, since 2008, River Center for Performing Arts, Davenport, 1983—1997, Iowa State University Research Park, 1998—2000, Davenport One, Downtown Development, 2000—2001, Des Moines Operation Downtown, 2004—2006. Chairman board directors American Institute Commerce, 1989—1998.

Member Quest College Board, 1998—2000, Kaplan University Board, since 2000, chair, since 2008. Board directors Iowa State Alumni Association, since 2008, Des Moines Partnership. Member American Library Association (chairman library administrators and managers division, fundraising section 1988, board directors, Exhibits Round Table 2003-2009, councilor 2007-2010), Iowa Library.

Association (president 1983, Member of Year award 2000), Public Library. Association (board directors 1990-1999, president 2000-2001, co-chair National Conference, 2008-2010), Iowa Education Media Association (Intellectual Freedom award 1984), Alpha Delta Pi (alumni state president 1978).


Married Peter S. Runge Senior, August 17, 1968. Children: Peter Junior, Katherine.

Alfred Edwin Kretschmar

Ina (Paul) Kretschmar

Peter S. Runge Senior

Peter Junior Runge

Katherine Runge