Karen Eley Sanders

Associate Vice Provost for College Access

Sanders currently serves as associate vice provost for college access, a new role that began in summer 2016. In addition, she is the chief diversity officer at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. After joining Virginia Tech in 2001, Sanders has held various roles related to facilitating the academic achievement, retention, and graduation of of students including roles such as associate vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, director of student success, director of the Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence, and interim vice president for diversity and inclusion.

In April 2015, Virginia Tech's Division of Student Affairs selected Sanders as a "Living and Learning Champion," which recognizes the exemplary efforts of academic partners who work in collaboration with Virginia Tech’s Housing and Residence Life.

In 2013, Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Sanders to the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Awards Committee, which she served for a two-year term.

Sanders received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Virginia State University and her doctorate from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She also received a developmental education specialist credential through the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University.