Karen R. Lawrence was named the 10th president of Sarah Lawrence College in August 2007. She previously served as Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she co-chaired the Humanities
Commission charged with formulating the University of California’s twenty-first century role as a national and international model for the humanities in higher education. Prior to her Deanship at UCI, Dr. Lawrence was a member and chair of the Department of English at the University of Utah.