ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 13, 2005) -- Karen S. Reynolds of Charlotte, N.C., was recently elected as a Trustee of the Ohio University Foundation. Reynolds earned her bachelor's of science in education from Ohio University in 1968 and her master's in communication in 1969. Currently, she is the director of Internships and Career Programs at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.
Reynolds previously spent 25 years with Ohio Bell and Ameritech, retiring as Ameritech's vice president for customer operations. She then accepted a position at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, as the director of development for Corporate and Foundation Relations. Reynolds has been active in the community since relocating to Cornelius, N.C., in 2000. She has served as a member of the Peninsula Property Owners' Association board; a planning board member for Cornelius, N.C.; as a board member for the Charlotte Ohio University Alumni Chapter; and as adviser to the Chi Omega chapter at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte -- where she was named Chi Omega Advisor of the Year. She also is a member of The Peninsula Club Board of Directors.
Reynolds has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio University Alumni Association and was named an Outstanding Alumna of the School of Interpersonal Communication (now the School of Communication Studies). She is a member of the Ohio University College of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame and Career Women of Achievement and is co-founder of the Corporate Communication Leaders, a program within the School of Communication Studies. She also has participated in the College of Communication's Society of Alumni & Friends and was named Greek Advisor of the Year at Ohio University. As a student, Reynolds participated in forensics and was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.
The Ohio University Foundation was established in 1945 by then Ohio University President John C. Baker. As the university's fund raising arm, the Foundation is responsible for raising, investing and disbursing funds in support of Ohio University's educational mission. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax exempt, 501c(3) organization, and is the repository for all private gifts to the university through annual giving programs, capital and special campaigns, and planned or deferred gifts.
The Foundation raises more than $20 million annually from nearly 30,000 donors. To date, the university's endowment has risen above the $190 million mark. Gifts from alumni, friends, parents, corporations, foundations and organizations provide for scholarship and student aid packages, faculty support, capital expansion and renovations, computer and lab equipment, library acquisitions, research, and program development. In addition, unrestricted support allows the university to meet unexpected challenges.
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