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strategic planning and marketing executive

Sheila Wells Rathke, American strategic planning and marketing executive. Named Distinguished Alumnus, University Pittsburgh, 1992, Legacy Laureate, 2000.


Rathke, Sheila Wells was born on August 9, 1943 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Daughter of Walter John and Betty Marie (McLaughlin) Wells.


Bachelor summa cum laude, University Pittsburgh, 1976. Postgraduate, University Pittsburgh, 1977.


Loan coordinator Equibank, Pittsburgh, 1961-1965. Office manager United States Steel Corporation, 1966-1970. Various account and management positions Burson-Marsteller, 1977-1987, executive vice president, general manager, 1987-1994, Chief Executive Officer Canada operations Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, 1994-1995.

Senior vice president, director corporation development Young and Rubicam, Incorporated, New York York City, 1995-1999, chief operating officer, 1999-2000. Assistant provost strategic and program development University Pittsburgh, since 2001. Instructor Slippery Rock College, Pittsburgh, 1984-1985.

Adviser Executive Report Magazine, Pittsburgh, 1986-1988, A Better Chance, New York City, 1996-2000, New York Philharmonic, 1997-1999.


Trustee University Pittsburgh, 1976-1980, member alumni board directors, 1990-1994. Trustee Robert Morris College, 1992-1995. Board directors Vocational Rehabilitation Center, 1987-1993, Freewheelers, 1989-1992, Pittsburgh History Society, River City Brass Band, Quantam Theatre, 2003-2007.

Member American Association of University Women, Female Executives American, American Association Advertising Agencies (chair eastern region 1994-1995), Pittsburgh Advertising Club (board directors 1988-1991, president 1990), Alpha Sigma Lambda (charter).


  • Other Interests

    Skiing, reading, gardening, travel, photography, cooking.


Married David Bray Rathke, September 1966 (deceased 1997). 1 child, Erinn Michele.

Walter John Wells

Betty Marie (McLaughlin) Wells

David Bray Rathke

Erinn Michele Rathke