Karen Aarestad

Assistant Vice Chancellor

  • Multidisciplinary Centers
  • Schools and Colleges

Hometown: Portland, Maine

Education: Bates College (BA in English); University of Kent Canterbury (one year study abroad); London Business School, University of London, MBA

Job Description: I help benefactors make transformational investments in our future healthcare workforce

Why CU? I have a daughter with Down syndrome, so our family came to Colorado because the very healthcare and education opportunities are available to her and our son here.

I am most excited about working with some of the most passionate and dedicated individuals and teams in healthcare. I also get to collaborate with benefactors who are committed to improving the lives of people they may never meet.

Before moving to Colorado, I studied and worked in England for 11 years (at London Business School, Oxford University and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge). I am a dual citizen British American (and I met Prince Charles)