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

MidwestWelcome to Antioch University Midwest, where lives are Transformed daily through our signature programs. Our multiple pathways to success are embedded with Antioch University’s commitment to continue our Horace Mann heritage by answering his challenge to win, “…Some Victory for Humanity”! We are one of five Antioch University locations throughout the country dedicated to innovative and inclusive educational excellence that operationalizes our University’s mission, “…to advance Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice”.

Antioch University Midwest empowers our learner community to demonstrate the competencies that are needed for career success and to make a positive change in the world. Our purpose is to be an innovative intellectual center of real world teaching and life long learning. Our goal is to be the Destination for those who seek exceptional experiential career preparation for today and for the future. Whether you seek to Enhance Your Skill Sets; Change Careers, or Empower Your Life, our Certificate, Licensure, Bachelor’s, Master’s (including designing your own degree content), and the Antioch University system-wide doctorate in Leadership and Change are offered by our outstanding scholar-practitioner faculty year-round.

Engage with our teaching and learning communities in the evenings, on weekends, or online through low residency program offerings.  Choose from several undergraduate majors, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in our nationally accredited School of Education. Or if your interest is in Management, Healthcare, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, or the Humanities, Antioch University Midwest Has Your Program at Affordable Prices!

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Most recently, after 13 years in administration at an international university system based in California, and having been blessed to extensively travel and consult internationally, I came to Yellow Springs, Ohio to join the incredible Antioch University family as the fourth President of Antioch University Midwest. I am honored and am humbled to have been selected for this treasured leadership opportunity within the venerable Antioch University system, which walks the talk of my passion for equity of access to educational excellence. My bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are from Indiana University Bloomington, in the fields of language study and applied linguistics, with post-doctoral work at Stanford University.

On a personal note, my husband is from Indiana and our adult children were both born in Bloomington. My father and my brother graduated from The Ohio State University. So you see, I came home to the region I know and love to embrace the Antioch University legacy. I invite you to Join our Antioch University Midwest community! It will be one of the best life decisions you will make.

Come to Antioch University Midwest and Discover Success! Become Transformed! Be The Difference You Seek To See In The World!

Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D., President of Antioch University Midwest

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.

JKR_8589-EditDr. Karen Schuster Webb

President, Antioch University Midwest

Chancellor Felice Nudelman named Dr. Karen Schuster Webb the fourth president of Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Her appointment began January 1, 2014.

“Dr. Webb brings to our Midwest campus a wealth of experience from across the country and around the globe. She has significant experience working with adult learners, building partnerships in the community, creating meaningful academic programming, and fundraising. She also cares deeply about the mission of Antioch University and is an example of an individual that has lived this mission through her work, leadership and service,” Chancellor Nudelman said. “I want to thank the search committee for their fine work in helping us select Dr. Webb and I am very excited about having her join our senior team.”

Dr. Webb is a highly experienced administrator who served in senior level leadership positions of progressive academic institutions, many of which have focused on adult learners. Since 2000, she has worked for Alliant International University, a private nonprofit institution, which focuses on graduate education and includes multiple campuses in California and abroad. In 2000, Dr. Webb founded the Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education, where she was Founding University Dean and Professor. From 2009 until joining Antioch University, she also served as Alliant’s Associate Provost for Community Engagement.

“Antioch University Midwest (AUM) has a defining role to play in the global future of higher education. I am inspired by AUM’s legacy, goals and purpose, as well as its commitment to academic excellence and transformative student centered learning,” Dr. Webb said. “Indeed, AUM is a dynamic partner within the Antioch University system, and offers adult learners empowering and socially conscious professional practice programs. Moreover, AUM truly exemplifies its stated purpose of creating an ‘innovative intellectual center’ with its well regarded and market responsive Individualized bachelor’s and master’s degrees. My career has been devoted to fostering equity of access to educational excellence, a value that I find at AUM and across Antioch University. Therefore, I am truly honored to serve in this extraordinary leadership role and want to thank Chancellor Nudelman, the Antioch University Midwest Board of Trustees, and the Search Committee for the trust they have placed in me. I look forward to the privilege of working with the entire AUM community.”

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, 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 also completed post doctoral work at Stanford University’s School of Education.

Dr. Webb has been 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, bilingual education, and speaking and writing. Additionally, she has been very active with professional organizations is a member of executive and advisory boards, including the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council, and has been the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction’s representative to
the United Nations Department of Public Information.

Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education serving adult students around the world and across the country, online and from its five campuses in four states in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927.

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Antioch University Midwest
900 Dayton St.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Phone Number: (937) 769-1856
E-Mail Address: kschusterwebb@antioch.edu