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Karen LeBlanc Sullivan

Karen LeBlanc Sullivan
University Advancement

Dossett Hall, Room 302, Box 70721
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Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Karen has moved throughout the continental United States, from New York to California, with several stops in-between.  In 1991 she and her family moved to Johnson City from Gaithersburg, Maryland, intending to stay for three years – she’s been here ever since.

Her baccalaureate degree is in Broadcast Communications from Southern Illinois University, with a minor in Minority Studies.  Her working life has been extremely varied, from working as a Production Assistant for the pilot and first season of “20/20” in New York City, as a D.J. for the Base while at Ft. Polk, in Louisiana, to becoming a Financial Aid Counselor here at East Tennessee State University. 

Karen’s tenure at ETSU began in 1991.  Most currently, she serves as one of the Directors of ETSU Advancement, where she is a fundraiser for the programs and departments of the College of Education, Student Affairs, Continuing Studies, the School of Graduate Studies, Sherrod Library, the Center and Department of Appalachian Studies, and of course, the always exciting, “Other Duties As Assigned.”  One of those “other duties as assigned” is the ETSU PRIDE Walk which features inscribed bricks that stretch from the foot of Gilbreath Hall to the steps of Burgin Dossett Hall.  These inscriptions include memorials to past ETSU students, staff and faculty and family members to the names of recipients of the ETSU Distinguished Staff and Career Awards. 

Karen’s current committee involvement on the Senate involves actively serving on the Review of Staff Awards Process Committee which she Chairs, and the Staff Development and Evaluation Committee.  Karen is also actively engaged in serving on the University Scholarship Committee – a university advisory committee on which she works diligently.  Having served on countless other committees during her time at ETSU, she firmly believes in the old cliché, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”  She feels that serving as an ETSU Staff Senator is just one small way to be a part of “the solution.”

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