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Kean University

Karen Smith oversees communication, branding, marketing, alumni engagement, web and public relations for Kean University.

She is a dedicated strategic leader and an experienced journalist. In her work as a reporter and editor, she covered K-12 and higher education for The Dallas Morning News and The Times of Trenton. She is the former senior director of News and Media Relations at Rutgers University. 

Karen earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Texas at Arlington. An adept digital storyteller, she is responsible for crafting and sharing the Kean story via print, video and social media platforms.

“I want to share the Kean story in new and different ways to help prospective students and others appreciate what makes Kean such an extraordinary place," Smith said. "This university has a fantastic story to tell prospective students and others. It’s my job to make sure it’s being shared effectively through all channels.”