Office of the President
On July 1, 2010 Dr. Karen M. Whitney joined Clarion University as the 16th President. Dr. Whitney brings over thirty years of experience in public higher education having held positions at every level of higher education administration.
Dr. Whitney is responsible for developing and supporting the university's very successful leadership team; on-going strategic planning/action; communicating & advocating the university's promise for our students, alumni, employers & the community; fund raising for excellence; and building collaborative and effective partnerships to extend the university's mission.
Karen Whitney has effectively led efforts to raise Clarion University's reputation of academic quality and high impact college experiences. Since 2010 several major efforts have transformed Clarion University including significant improvements to campus facilities with more than $150 million of construction and renovation projects completed or underway designed to enrich the student learning and community engagement experience.
Other major efforts include: 1) An upcoming major fundraising campaign to support student success through offering more scholarships to more students, and enhancing programs and services which directly help student graduate and succeed beyond graduation; 2) Adding 10 new academic credentials including a doctoral degree in areas of great interest/need to students, employers and the state since 2012 and; 3) Increasing our enrollment in priority areas such as health professions, business, education, and the sciences.
All of these efforts are envisioned and guided by the university's extensive strategic planning effort which is outlined in the Clarion University Strategic Directions Plan: 2012-2017.