VP for Student Affairs Elected to National Board

VP for Student Affairs Elected to National Catholic Colleges/ Universities Board

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

August 2, 2010 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary’s College is pleased to announce that Karen Johnson, vice president for student affairs, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU). It is a one-year term. Johnson was elected to the Board at the ASACCU’s annual conference last week. The Board and its Chair governs the organization, which is based at Siena College in Albany, New York.

According to its Web site, the ASACCU was founded in 1999 by a group of student affairs practitioners working at Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. The purpose of the organization is to provide an opportunity for communication and colleagueship among student affairs professionals who work at Catholic institutions.

“I am excited to be able to serve the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities. More than one hundred and fifty Catholic colleges and universities are members of this organization that serves as the resource for student affairs professionals,” Johnson said. “We are beginning a new strategic planning process, upgrading our web presence and helping member institutions implement the Principles of Good Practice for Catholic Colleges and Universities.”

Johnson joined Saint Mary’s College as vice president for student affairs in August 2006. In her role, she is responsible for administering and supervising numerous departments, including athletics and recreation, women’s health, security, residence life and community standards, student involvment, and multicultural affairs. She came to Saint Mary’s College from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, where she held several positions, including director of residence life, interim vice president for student development and dean of students.

Johnson holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Webster University. She has received additional training and education from Harvard University and Texas A&M University. Johnson has longstanding affiliations with numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Center for Academic Integrity and the ASACCU.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.