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Welcoming our Interim Executive Director

Welcoming our Interim Executive Director

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Karen D. Boyd, Ph.D is a Professor of Practice with University of Tennessee's Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. She currently serves on the Higher Education Administration doctoral and College Student Personnel masters programs faculties and as the department's Director of Undergraduate Education. Her 30+ year career (predominantly spent in Housing, Student Conduct, Leadership Education and most recently as faculty) demonstrates a commitment to fostering learning and engagement in increasingly diverse and complex classroom, administrative, and associational settings.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A./B.S.), Appalachian State University (M.A.), and the University of Georgia (Ph.D.), she learned through personal experience the value of creating and advocating for inclusive learning environments where students feel challenged and empowered yet supported. These experiences sparked her research interests in the student-institution relationship, its impact on students' learning, and how to most effectively educate for personally and socially responsible leadership and civic engagement. Most notably is her work in collecting and applying the Dixon v. Alabama (1961) participants history of college-related leadership for social change. Across her career, scholarship, and leadership within ASCA—including circuit representative, 10th Anniversary conference chair, past president, Gehring Academy Director, and Foundation Board— she has been honored to receive ASCA's New Professional of the Year, Circuit of the Year, Gehring, and Dixon-McFadden Awards, ACPA's Commission XV's Teele Award, NASPA Region 3's Bob E. Leach Award for Outstanding Service to Students, and numerous campus recognitions.

Dr. Boyd's appointment's term begins July 12, 2022 and runs through May 31, 2023. You may reach out by emailing her at

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