2017 Business Woman of the Year Dr. Karen M. Scolforo

Karen M. Scolforo, Ed.D., became President of Castleton University in December 2017. Dr. Scolforo is the fourth woman to lead the university since its founding in 1787, and the tenth president of the modern era. She joined the Castleton family after a four-year tenure as President at Central Penn College.

While at Central Penn, Dr. Scolforo successfully elevated the college’s profile, forging strategic partnerships with local and regional leaders to develop programs that helped the advancement of both the college and the surrounding area. She helped to develop and implement a strategic plan that expanded college operations, renovated campus facilities and housing, added both undergraduate and graduate programs, and developed curriculum options that impacted training and employability of graduates.

Her commitment to academic excellence is reflected in Central Penn’s new research and faculty professional development opportunities, academic technology integration, and the development of a rigorous academic program assessment process.

While completing her doctorate at the University of North Florida, Scolforo served as Executive Director of Fortis College in Jacksonville, Florida, where she developed new academic programming and led enrollment growth over four years. Previously, she served as President of the Jacksonville campus of Keiser University and Regional Vice President of Operations for Southeastern Colleges.

In 2016, Dr. Scolforo was honored as both a Woman of Excellence by the YWCA and one of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence. Dr. Scolforo also received the Care to Share award at the Conference for Women, and her executive leadership team was nominated by the Central Penn Business Journal for the Executive Leadership award. She was named CenturyLink Business Woman of the Year in 2017.