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Karen Vander Ark

Karen Vander Ark
Karen began her career at the University of Denver Development office over 31 years ago and she's been raising money for, speaking on behalf of and supporting education and community organizations since. Karen was a gubernatorial appointed college trustee and lead Highline Community College through a leadership transition. Politics and education have been involved in her service and professional life while serving on numerous political campaigns, bond and levy campaigns and a statewide education initiative. Karen has helped shape education reform from Colorado to Washington State, participating in charter school activities and grassroots campaigns. Karen's passion and life long goal of supporting her community and education revolves around supporting the Boys & Girls Club teen center, Rotary Scholarships, and Communities In Schools. Karen holds a BSBA in Marketing from Waynesburg College.

Review: Change.edu

Not too much sparks the fury of the education status quo today than the privatization of education and specifically for profit colleges. Forgotten is the original mission of higher education from its origins at the start of our country: to deliver a practical, useful education. Would our founding fathers be embarrassed at the frivolities of the social programs and free form curriculum offered at many colleges and universities without any thought or reason to the useless degrees and unimaginable college debt accumulated to obtain those degrees?