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About the Chancellor

Karen CareyDr. Karen Carey serves as Interim Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), located in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. UAS is a regional university with campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka—coastal communities situated in Alaska’s magnificent Tongass National Forest. As Interim Chancellor, Carey provides strategic leadership in fulfilling UAS’ mission, including budget development, academic planning and program assessments, student and enrollment services, administrative services, and community relations. During the interim period, Carey retains many of the duties of her position as UAS Provost.  With the help of Vice Provost Maren Haavig, Carey will continue to ensure that UAS academic programs meet regional and professional accreditation standards and fulfill the university’s mission and core themes. 

Chancellor Carey has served as Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies since June of 2016, coming to UAS from the California State University Channel Islands, in Ventura, California, where she served as the Dean of Arts & Sciences.  She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from University of Cincinnati, focusing on the ecological factors influencing young children and their families. She has co-authored two books on early childhood interventions as well as numerous other articles. Karen worked as a school psychologist in Nevada, Kentucky, Ohio, and California working with students with severe disabilities and students enrolled in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.  She also worked at California State University, Fresno where she was tenured and promoted to full professor, and served as Department Chair, Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, and Dean of Graduate Studies. She also holds a Master of Science in School Psychology from the University of Nevada and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from San Diego State University. 

Carey has served on national and international academic boards, including the National Association of School Psychologists, the International Association of School Psychologists, and  served as Alaska’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Western Academic Leadership Forum, part of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). She has served in many capacities over her career working to insure social justice for underrepresented groups in education settings. 

Karen has two grown step children with her husband Allan and four grandchildren along with three dogs and a cat.  Karen and Allan love Southeast Alaska and wish they had moved here years ago. She enjoys attending the symphony, Perseverance Theatre, all of the great art activities in Juneau, and all of the fantastic outdoor activities.