Karen Dyer

Karen Dyer

Vice President for Advancement

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Working in the field of higher education fundraising for over 18 years, Karen Dyer has come to understand that making a difference in the lives of others is the thing that she enjoys doing each day and is her personal mantra for life. She has dedicated her career to making education possible for students of all walks of life through a focus on studying, practicing and leading the art of fundraising. As the Vice President for Advancement at SMWC, Dyer provides leadership and oversight for the fundraising, communications, marketing, and alumni relations teams. She is a member of the President's Cabinet; SMWC President's Council, SMWC Community Leadership Council and the SMWC Parents Council and is leading the effort to complete the College’s Aspire Higher Strategic Plan.

At SMWC, Dyer has helped grow fundraising efforts, successfully completing the Pomeroy Pride Campaign to build and open the $10.1 million Jeanne Knoerle Sports and Recreation Center in 2015. Dyer came to the Woods from the Indiana State University Foundation, where she was Associate Vice President for Advancement, having helped the institution complete the $85 million March On! Campaign. She started her fundraising career in annual giving at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where she worked in annual giving, major gifts and event planning. She was part of the fundraising team at RHIT that successfully raised over $200 million in the Vision to be the Best Campaign.  

She is a proponent for the Wabash Valley community and works with several organizations, serving on the boards of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra as president, Hospice of the Wabash Valley and the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. She is a member and past District V board member of the Council for Support and Advancement of Education (CASE), the Wabash Valley Planned Giving Association and the 100+ Women Who Care. She is the past president of the board of Leadership Wabash Valley. 

Dyer received a master’s of education degree in educational leadership from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Eastern Illinois University. Dyer and her husband Brian have four children, the youngest of which is a senior at SMWC.