Dr. Karen Pedersen has a long history serving as a faculty member and administrator in public and private higher education institutions. Prior to joining Kansas State University, she served as the Chief Knowledge Officer for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) pursing initiatives related to learning innovation, quality enhancement, leadership development, and institutional transformation. She has expertise leading award-winning digital learning and off-campus units, expanding partnerships, and engaging cross-institutional academic operations. Other experiences include serving on the launch team for a competency-based education initiative, leading a system-wide enrollment management transformation, and building academic collaborations internationally. She holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctor of philosophy degree from Oklahoma State University.