Karen R. Hitchcock, Ph.D., joined Park Strategies in 2010 as a Special Advisor. She has had a distinguished career as an educator, research scientist and university administrator.
From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Hitchcock was Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. This followed her tenure as President of the University at Albany, State University of New York from 1996-2004. Dr. Hitchcock has also served as Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Hitchcock began her academic career at Tufts University in Boston where she received numerous teaching awards as she moved through the ranks to become the George A. Bates Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology.
Dr. Hitchcock has published extensively in her research field of cell and developmental biology and has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has also been appointed to numerous NIH study sections, review panels, and advisory committees. Dr. Hitchcock has served as President of The American Association of Anatomists, Vice Chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and completed two terms as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
During her leadership of the University at Albany and Queen’s University, Dr. Hitchcock was committed to fostering university–business–government partnerships in order to enhance the quality of education and foster economic development. Aligning university research strengths with the needs and priorities of the Capital Region led to major developments in nanotechnology, health and environmental sciences, and biotechnology. In partnership with the state and federal governments, as well as numerous industry leaders, the University at Albany developed unique, state-of-the-art research facilities and educational programs (the first School of Nanosciences in the nation) which have made the region a world leader in nanoscale sciences and engineering. A partnership of the University at Albany with the State and Saratoga County led to the development of the country’s first business park devoted to promoting new clean energy technologies, a research and development park (Saratoga Technology Energy Park) which will play a major role in supporting the work of Global Foundries.
Working with the state and numerous private sector partners, the East Campus of the University was developed and is now the home of the University’s School of Public Health, a state-of–the-art Cancer Center, Tech Valley High School, and many small and large businesses and industry partners. In Canada, similar partnerships were developed at Queen’s University with industry and government which led to the establishment of a major new research park dedicated to energy and environmental technologies and advanced materials.
Dr. Hitchcock has served on the boards of numerous civic and educational organizations in the community, including her current membership on the Boards of WMHT, Albany Pro Musica, and The Doane Stuart School. She co-hosted the popular “Best of our Knowledge” national public radio show on WAMC for eight years. She was a founding Co-Chair of the Business-Higher Education Roundtable and Chair of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Economic Growth.
Dr. Hitchcock has received numerous professional, educational and civic awards, including the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce “Envoy Salute”, and the Business Review’s Special Recognition Award. She was also a 2004 inductee of the Capital Region Business Hall of Fame.
Dr. Hitchcock received her B.S. in Biology from St. Lawrence University and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2004, Dr. Hitchcock was granted honorary doctoral degrees from Albany Medical College and her alma mater, St. Lawrence University.
She lives in Rexford, New York.