Herzing University Welcomes Karen Nelson as Vice President of Inclusion and Community Impact


MILWAUKEE, August 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Herzing University, an accredited private, nonprofit institution, today announced the official introduction of Karen Nelson as the new Vice President of Inclusion and Community Impact.

At the forefront of Herzing’s mission is the role it plays in serving its students and enriching communities at its 10 land-based campuses as well as nationwide through online learning. Following a nationwide recruitment search, Herzing selected Nelson for his more than 25 years of experience managing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the industry. private, non-profit and municipal organizations.

“The decision to continue to engage and grow our University-wide efforts to lead in equity, diversity and inclusion will further address the critical need we hear from our hospital partners and healthcare facilities to hire from a diverse and representative talent pool,” said Renee Herzing, President of Herzing University. “by Karen Nelson her strong diversity background and background in the healthcare industry will greatly benefit the University’s ability to connect with local employers, community advocates and future nursing professionals. We are thrilled and proud to have her join our leadership team as we work to support communities from all walks of life.”

Most recently, Nelson served as Director of EDI for Rogers Behavioral Health and as Diversity and Inclusion Manager in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Appleton, WI. Nelson also created NelStar Leadership & Diversity Consulting and expanded his EDI-focused efforts through roles that include being the first Corporate Diversity Manager for Shaw Industries, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., and in as the first African-American cultural diversity officer. for General Electric Medical Systems.

“I am incredibly honored to have this opportunity to serve Herzing University, its student body, and the diverse communities across thee countries that will benefit from access to this school’s vast pool of talent,” said Nelson. ” I want to thank Renee Herzing and the University leadership team for their confidence in me and I look forward to moving quickly and effectively to build the programs and relationships that will ensure that the momentum created around EDI remains a priority part of what the emblem of Herzing University represents. »

Nelson received his Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Nelson began his new leadership role at Herzing University on Monday July 18. She follows Terri Howard who served as Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. More information can be found on his LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/karenatnelstar/.

About Herzing

Herzing University is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution with 10 campuses in seven states and an online division. Founded in Milwaukee in 1965, more than 40,000 students graduated from the University’s career-oriented and flexible master’s, bachelor’s, associate’s, and diploma programs. Areas of study cover nursing, health care, technology, business, and public safety. From 2013 to 2022, US News and World Report has continuously recognized Herzing University as having some of the best online programs nationally. In June 2022, Herzing has launched a one-of-a-kind Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program beginning enrollment for Fall 2022. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. More information about Herzing University is available at www.herzing.edu.

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