Office of the President

Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen Schuster Webb

The playwright and poet Edith Wharton wrote, “…There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” As leaders we are called upon to be both candle and mirror.

Dr. Karen Schuster Webb

Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

Antioch aspires to be a leading university offering learners and communities transformative education in a global context that fosters innovation and inspires social action.

As an innovative intellectual center, Antioch University Midwest educates individuals and organizations who face change, seek lives of meaning, and value personal and professional excellence.

Dr. Schuster Webb comes to Antioch University Midwest from Alliant International University where she has worked since 2000. Alliant is a private nonprofit institution that focuses on graduate education and includes multiple campuses in California and abroad. From 2000 to 2009, she was a professor and the founding university dean of the Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education. From 2009 to present she has served as associate provost for community engagement.

Prior to joining Alliant International University, Dr. Webb held teaching and academic leadership positions at Southern University and A&M College, the University of Kentucky, Howard University, George Washington University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Coppin State University. She earned a PhD in applied linguistics: English education, a master of science degree in education, urban and overseas English, and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Indiana University Bloomington.

Dr. Webb is a leader in her fields of study and has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally. She has published numerous articles on urban education and teaching, conflict resolution and peace education, bilingual education, and speaking and writing. Additionally, she has been very active with professional organizations and currently serves on six boards and as the World Council of Curriculum and Instruction’s representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information.

Dr. Karen Schuster Webb enjoys creating and building programs and supporting growth at the individual and institutional level. She is a leader who passionately believes that education is the foundation of nations, and that no one should be denied access to educational excellence at any level. As President of Antioch University Midwest Dr. Webb will continue to advocate for educational excellence and access, and collaborate with leaders internationally, regionally and locally to employ multiple strategies to address real world issues. Her family has been reluctant to move from sunny California to join her for an Ohio winter but plan to relocate soon.



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