Karen Cheser, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Fort Thomas Independent Schools
Karen Cheser, Ed.D., is Superintendent of the nationally-recognized Fort Thomas Independent School District and was formerly Deputy Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer of Boone County Schools, a Kentucky Distinguished District of Innovation. Prior to working in education as a teacher, coach, literacy and math specialist, principal, Distinguished Educator, and district administrator, Karen worked for Procter & Gamble Inc. in sales and brand management.
Karen serves on the EdLeader21 National Advisory Board, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative Advisory Council, Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Executive Committee, Leadership NKY Advisory Council and has been the co-chair of NKY Education Council Action Team 2 (College and Career Readiness) for seven years. Karen was the 2016 Toyota/ Storer Business Collaboration Award winner, a 2015 AASA National Woman Administrator of the Year Award finalist, Vision 2015 Champion of Education, a 2015 Outstanding Woman of NKY, KY District Administrator of the Year (2013), and A.D. Albright Outstanding Administrator (NKY Chamber of Commerce, 2009).
Karen earned an Ed.D. (Educational Leadership and Business Informatics) from NKU, (with B.A., M.Ed. degrees, and other coursework from WKU, NKU, and UK) and has presented at numerous national and international conferences, on topics such as response to intervention, strategic planning, student empowerment, global competency, 21st century skills, dispositional hiring and leading higher academic standards. A case study on Karen’s work in leading standards can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/bccasestudy.
Karen is mom to 14- and 17-year-old sons and wife to a digital designer/teacher. In her spare time, she coaches her kids’ FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics and Odyssey of the Mind teams.