Current Volunteer ~ Karen serves as an elected Lake Oswego City Councilor and in that capacity also is liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and is a member of the Budget Committee and Lake Oswego – Tigard Water Partnership Oversight Committee. The Council is an elected position for which Karen received the highest vote count among six candidates. She also volunteers in NW Oregon to mentor small business start-ups and established companies wanting to grow.
Karen and her husband of 35 years chose to make their home (built
circa 1915) in
Clackamas County based on factors that have always been important
to them, including appreciation for strong sense of community, low
crime rate, walkability, absence of smog or pollution, and a love of
the arts. The Civil War, an annual football rivalry begun in 1894,
is an annual household event with one daughter who graduated from
OSU and another from U of O Law School. A son worked many
years for Intel. Another daughter has degrees in
bioengineering from Harvard and Berkeley and works in California.
Career ~ Named Dean Emeritus at retirement as Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino with campuses in Palm Desert and San Bernardino. Led the college to being named by European CEO Magazine as one of the top 18 most innovative colleges of business in the world (video link). Developed a fiscally conservative, yet extraordinarily innovative budget in difficult economic times while enriching the student and faculty experience. Co-authored a textbook entitled The Business of Leadership.
Early Career ~ Joined the staff of the Governor of Texas as Executive Director to launch a new agency, the Texas Commission on the Status of Women, leading statewide programs on work for children within the cycle of family violence.
Beginning a 32 year career in business higher education, Karen received recognitions such as Classroom Excellence, Award for Research and Service, founder of the Family Business Institute and chair of international business reaccreditation. Represented the College of Business in exchanges with Uji, Japan through Rotary -- experiences that Karen calls life-changing because they led to family home exchanges in future years and emphasis when Dean on international opportunities for students and faculty to study and experience business abroad for purposes of expanding exports and being more aware of cultural diversity.
Doctoral Degree ~ Completed the Ph.D. at Texas A&M University where she was named from thousands of students the most “Outstanding Graduate Student for Academics, Research and Service.”
Undergraduate ~ at Wichita State University, she interned writing position papers for the Governor of Kansas. She later held a summer position in Washington D.C. in the speech-writing department of then-Department of Health, Education & Welfare. Named the most outstanding graduate in both majors – communication and political science.
High School ~ American Field Service exchange student to Turkey and officer in several clubs such as 4-H, debate, French, Future Business Leaders (national winner of public speaking competition) and American Legion Oratorical Winner -- all while working half-time after school.