Karen Strauss

President Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Strauss to its board of trustees. “Board Chair Jim Haudan and I are delighted to welcome Ms. Strauss. The University will definitely benefit from her expertise in healthcare and her strategic thinking,” says Dr. Gawelek.

A Chief Administrative Officer for ProMedica, Karen Strauss is responsible for the leadership and direction of system strategic planning, marketing, communications, public relations and human resources development. With more than 35 years of experience in strategy and marketing development and deployment, Ms. Strauss is respected for her expertise in brand management, customer relationship management and disciplined cost control optimization.

Prior to ProMedica, she served as president and general manager of Masco Cabinetry in Ann Arbor, a business unit of the Fortune 500 Masco Corporation and as Vice President of Merillat Industries. Ms. Strauss earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Spanish from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oakland University.

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