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 Karen Ball
Vice Chancellor for External Relations
As Vice Chancellor for External Relations, Ms. Ball oversees the working relationships between the State System of Higher Education and its public and private partners. She is directly responsible for the development of targeted strategies and messages to key audiences including state and federal officials, university leaders, students, trustees and the business community.
Prior to joining the State System of Higher Education in January 2009, she had held increasingly responsible positions within state government and as a private sector advocate.   In the public sector, she worked on the Governor’s Office staff and was involved in policy development and communications initiatives. As a private sector advocate, she provided comprehensive government relations and targeted messaging services to a wide array of corporate, statewide association and non-profit entity clients.
Since joining the Office of the Chancellor, she has participated in a number of initiatives:
  • Served as a member of the higher education research, health care and economic development collaborative, PennREN, which recently was awarded a $99.6 million federal grant for the construction and management of a statewide broadband network.
  • Developed and managed a PASSHE wide logo and website design competition. Currently involved in overseeing development of the new website.
  • Participated in a number of PASSHE cost-saving initiatives such as a separation incentive program for eligible employees as well as a review of low-enrolled program offerings.