Dr. Karen M. Whitney assumed the role of Interim Chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education on September 12, 2017. In this role, she serves as chief executive officer of the State System, which comprises Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities. The chancellor works with the Board of Governors to recommend and develop overall policies for the System.
Dr. Whitney previously served as President of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, beginning her tenure as the university’s 16th president in July 2010. As president, she led the university in articulating a mission to provide transformative, lifelong learning opportunities through innovative, nationally recognized programs delivered in inclusive, student-centered environments. She refocused the university toward a greater emphasis on providing professional degree programs that meet the needs of students and the changing economy.
She previously was vice chancellor for student life and diversity and dean of students at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and assistant and associate vice president for student life and director of resident life at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also served as an adjunct assistant professor and instructor in the School of Education at Indiana University and taught various courses at both the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston.
Dr. Whitney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in higher educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
She presents, teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of higher education finance, administration, law, student development, and student facilities.