Dean Karen Green Honored by Agnes Scott College
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – (March 11, 2013) – Karen Green, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, was honored by her alma mater, Agnes Scott College, as a part of their Founders Day celebration on February 15, 2013. Recognized as one of “Five Women Who Shaped Agnes Scott,” Green’s work in the area of diversity and social justice for students, staff and faculty in higher education was highlighted in a talk on campus titled “First to Ride in the Front of the Bus.” Green was the only African American and the only living honoree.
The 2013-2014 year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Agnes Scott College. Many women will be honored in various ways throughout the upcoming year. The event on February 15 kicked off the year-long celebration.
“I was humbled and honored to be recognized for the work I did to make the college a better place for future students, staff and faculty,” said Green. “When you engage in the work of changing institutional culture the twins, fear and resistance, can thwart meaningful efforts. It was the support of my allies that lifted me when I felt I couldn't fight another battle. I will be eternally grateful for their encouragement and partnership.”
Green has been a member of the Muhlenberg community since 2006. She received her baccalaureate degree from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta in 1986, where the Karen Green Human Relations Award was created in her honor. She went on to earn her Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1997.
She began her administrative career as a Resident Director at Spelman College, later served in the Admissions office at Agnes Scott, and subsequently became Director of Orientation, Residence Life and Student Activities at her alma mater before leaving Atlanta to accept the position of Director of Multicultural Affairs at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.
She held additional leadership positions in student life at Agnes Scott, Emory, and Hamilton before assuming the position of Dean of Students at Wells College on September 11, 2001.
At Muhlenberg, she oversees more than 70 full-time employees and several departments. Athletics and recreation, campus safety, community service, Greek life, judicial affairs, residential services, student activities, the counseling center, the health center, student leadership and Seegers Union/campus events are under her supervision.