About Karen Smith

Karen is the Director of Administrative Services and Special Assistant to the Vice President for UCF Medical Affairs and Dean, College of Medicine, serving as a representative and ambassador for the medical school to both internal and external partners in a variety of academic, healthcare, corporate, and community settings.

In her roles, Karen is responsible for directing communications to and from the office of the VP/Dean; and initiating, planning, executing, and monitoring daily operations, including the annual college meetings and events as requested by the VP/Dean.

Karen joined the medical school in July 2008 and is the first to serve as Special Assistant to the Vice President/Dean. Prior to joining the medical school, and over the previous 25 years, Karen has served as a District Manager and Corporate Trainer/Advisor of new business start-ups and day-to-day operations for a division of United Health Care; an educator of students in grades 1 – 5, with two years specializing in the gifted and talented program; and Operations Manager for a leading K-12 publishing company. She is also Lean SS certified.

Karen earned her undergraduate degree and M.S. Ed. degree in University Administration from Purdue University. During her tenure as an educator for the Lafayette School Corporation, Indiana, Karen served as a liaison between the School Corporation and Purdue University for the Purdue Student Teacher Placement Program. She also mentored the student teachers, monitored their progress and provided performance feedback to both the students and the university.

Karen and her husband Jim reside in Orlando, Florida.