The University of Tulsa congratulates Kendall College of Arts and Sciences Dean Karen Petersen on her appointment as president of Hendrix College.
Since joining TU two years ago, Petersen expanded philanthropic giving and community partnerships significantly across the college, including but not limited to a 47% increase in unrestricted giving, annual funding for a partnership with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and new opportunities for students with Montereau retirement community and The Engine Room. Under Petersen’s leadership, TU restored academic programs in philosophy and religion, as well as the bachelor of music degree.
“On behalf of the university administration, I offer heartfelt congratulations to Karen on this well-deserved opportunity,” said TU Provost George Justice. “During her tenure, Karen played a significant role in the renaissance of key programs critical to a liberal arts education. We are fully committed to building upon her great work by supporting students and faculty as we come together to embark on the important work of finding her successor.”
Petersen will return to her home state of Arkansas this summer. Before arriving at TU, she served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She held the dean’s position there for nearly three years and had served in the dean’s office for six years.
“Congratulations to Karen on her appointment as president of Hendrix College,” said TU President Brad R. Carson. “Under her leadership, our Kendall College of Arts and Sciences has emerged stronger and more aligned with a true liberal arts education, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role.”
Kirsten Olds, senior associate dean of Kendall College of Arts & Sciences and associate professor of art history, will serve as interim dean.