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Vice President for Government, Community, and Cultural Affairs

Karen Mackey Witherspoon is an educator whose life long commitment has been dedicated to helping people, especially youth, reach their fullest potential. Currently, Karen is the Vice President of Government & Community Affairs, a Board Member of Harlem Stage and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and Executive Director of the Urban Scholars Program, an intervention and enrichment program for at-risk youths. In these roles, she has established and maintained a meaningful and effective working relationship with the college and surrounding community.

Ms. Witherspoon, a CCNY alumna who earned a B.A. in 1979, became Acting Director of Urban and Governmental Affairs in 2006 following the retirement of W. A. "Tony" Rogers.  She had been Associate Director since 2002.  

As Vice President for Government and Community Affairs, Ms. Witherspoon serves on the CUNY Legislative Action Committee.   In addition, she is a primary liaison between the college and elected officials and community leaders.  She also supervises the College's Harlem Partnership Center initiatives.

Ms. Witherspoon came to The City College from Bronx Municipal Hospital, where she served as Director of Training and Education between 1992 and 1995.  Earlier in her career, she was a buyer with J.C. Penney, a New York City high school English teacher and a terminal supervisor with Pan American Airways. 

Karen Witherspoon

Wille Administration Building
Room A205
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031

f:  212.650.6415

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