Albright College Provost
Karen A. Campbell
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Karen Campbell’s dedication to student success shines through everything she does as the college’s chief academic officer – from her leadership of academic affairs to the exciting work Albright is doing to transform the college’s approach to learning and outcomes. This work is thanks to a more than $2.2 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Karen took on the role of acting provost in 2018, and following the recommendation of the Faculty Executive Committee, was appointed to the permanent position in 2019. Karen’s service to Albright College actually began 31 years ago when she joined the faculty in the biology department. She has spent the last three decades teaching a variety of classes ranging from general biology for first-year students to advanced physiology and senior seminars in behavioral endocrinology and neurobiology. Named the P. Kenneth Nase Chair of Biology in 1999, Karen is also known as Albright’s own “Batwoman,” thanks to a 35-year interest in the study of bats, which began in Ontario, Canada, where she was participating in an undergraduate field study. This interest has continued through her work with students in the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) program.
Karen earned a bachelor of science from Queen’s University; a master of science from York University; and a doctorate in physiology and zoology from Indiana University. She is the recipient of numerous distinguished teaching awards, including the Dr. Henry P. and M. Paige Laughlin Award and the Lindback Foundation Award.