Office of the President

Karen C. Goff

Karen C. Goff comes to Oberlin College as the new Vice President and Dean of Students. Karen will further shape and define the student life experience, while cultivating and strengthening the important work of the division.

Karen Goff
Photo credit: Daniel Fowler

Karen C. Goff is currently the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Agnes Scott College, serving in this role since 2016. Previously, she served for eight years as the chief student affairs officer at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. A dynamic and inspirational leader, she is passionate about student success and excels in organizational strategy and talent development.

Vice President Goff is a transformational leader, with a combination of 20 years of higher education and nonprofit management experience. Known for her uncanny ability to develop high performing teams, she readily identifies talent around her and intentionally mentors and positions others for professional growth and success. A learner-centered and student focused practitioner, she has worked hand-in-hand with student government to create a much stronger and more effective leadership and governance organization to represent the needs of the student population. 

Vice President Goff earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and history at Georgian Court University, a Master of Divinity with a concentration in counseling at Nyack College, and a doctoral degree in higher education administration at Northeastern University. She also earned a certificate in leadership development at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is married to Sgt. First Class Roger Goff, U.S. Army (Retired).