Karen A. Holbrook
Karen A. Holbrook currently serves as senior vice president for global affairs and international research and professor of molecular medicine at the University of South Florida. In June 2007, she retired as President of The Ohio State University after serving nearly five years in that position. Before assuming her position at Ohio State, she served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia—serving also as Professor of Cell Biology and Adjunct Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. At the University of Georgia, she helped create the Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute and played a key role in developing the University's Strategic Plan, which among other things includes a strong commitment to diversity and ambitious diversity goals.
Prior to her move to Georgia, Dr. Holbrook was Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School as well as Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of Florida at Gainesville. Prior to that she was an Instructor and later Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Associate Chairman, and Professor of Biological Structure and Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She also served as Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs.
Dr. Holbrook earned her Ph.D. in biological structure from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.