Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D., President of Antioch University Midwest, has been selected to serve on the American Council of Education (ACE) Women’s Network Executive Council, which has the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. ACE is one of the nation’s most visible and influential higher education associations representing presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions. The ACE Women’s Executive Council is a select group of women who are senior executives from across the country, and who support ACE’s Women’s Networks nationally, and in Puerto Rico, by serving as liaisons and mentors to network coordinators, as well as advisers to the American Council on Education on the overall functioning of the Women’s Network. The Council also provides leadership for developing or strengthening state planning boards that are charged with assisting elected officials in making decisions related to community development and make recommendations on official map and zoning ordinances.
“Having been selected as a member of the American Council on Education Women’s Network Executive Council is an incredible opportunity to work with outstanding Council member colleagues, and to serve the cause of women’s leadership in higher education in a significant way, a focus that reflects the mission of Antioch University,” says Dr. Webb. Prior to being appointed to the Women’s Executive Council, Dr. Webb served on the Northern California ACE Women’s Network Board for over 10 years, and held both Vice Chair and Chair positions on the Northern California Network Board.
A visionary leader with a passion for community and mentoring women in leadership, Dr. Webb has dedicated her career to the equity of access to educational excellence in the United States, as well as around the world. Dr. Webb has been a leader in her fields of study and has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally. She has published numerous articles in the areas of urban education, sociolingustics, and language learning. Her commitment to the advancement of our educational systems is evident in her high-level of involvement with ACE.
Prior to becoming president of Antioch University Midwest in January of 2014, Dr. Webb served in senior level leadership positions of progressive academic institutions, many of which have focused on adult learners. From 2000-2013, she has worked for Alliant International University, a private nonprofit institution, which focuses on graduate education and includes multiple campuses in California and abroad. In 2000, Dr. Webb founded the Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education, where she was Founding University Dean and Professor. From 2009 until joining Alliant’s Associate Provost for Community Engagement.