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UAA Welcomes Former UAS Career Education Dean Karen Schmitt

From the UAA Green and Gold Daily

Karen SchmittAugust 30, 2009, Dr. Karen R. Schmitt took over as dean of UAA’s Community and Technical College (CTC). Karen was chosen from a group of stellar finalists who visited campus in May. Having worked in higher education for more than 17 years, Karen brings incredible depth and breadth of academic leadership experience to this position. For the past eight years Karen has served as dean of the School of Career Education at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). She also served as dean of the School of Management at UAS for six years. With her knowledge of the University of Alaska system, distance education and community college program administration, Karen will be a valuable addition to UAA’s leadership team.

The University of Alaska Southeast School of Career Education announces that Dr. Kristy Smith has been named the Interim Associate Dean of Career Education. Dr. Smith is honored to have been offered the opportunity to provide leadership for the academic programs in Career Education after the departure of Dr. Karen Schmitt who left this month to become the Dean of the Community & Technical College at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Dr. Smith worked for the School of Career Education as the Administrative Manager for three years. After a short break from UAS, Kristy is honored to have been offered the opportunity to come back and work with the faculty and staff at Career Education. Kristy holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Management degree from the University of Alaska Southeast; a Master’s of Business Administration, Project Management degree from Jones International University; and a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership degree from the University of Phoenix. Professionally, Kristy is very interested in field of leadership within the virtual team environment, having completed two degrees in online programs and has worked in a virtual environment as a consultant. Kristy’s dissertation focused on preparing students to take on the leadership role, studying the student’s perception of preparation. Kristy has worked in a variety of fields including law, health, environment, and higher education administration. Kristy has recently begun teaching to share her broad based work education and to participate in continual learning. Her belief is that both student and teacher benefit from each other in the pursuit of continual learning. Kristy is looking forward to the year ahead and the great opportunities awaiting UAS.


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