Karen Ferguson

Chief Marketing Officer, Office of the Vice President for Communications and Marketing

IU Communications Indianapolis
340 W. Michigan Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202


Karen is a strategic, purpose-driven senior executive experienced in leading teams through complex digital and organizational transformations at scale. Karen has deep experience in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales and marketing.

In addition to her role at Indiana University, Karen is also the Interim CEO and president of Riley Children’s Foundation. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and in time became the second female president and publisher of the Indianapolis Star.

Karen was recently inducted into Medill’s Hall of Achievement in honor of her work and leadership in the media business and for her passionate commitment to a free press and equality for all. Karen currently serves on the Riley Children’s Foundation Board of Governors and has been actively engaged in multiple community boards, including Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Visit Indy, Indianapolis Zoo, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, and Junior Achievement.


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