Butler Community College recently named Karla A. Fisher, Ph.D., as vice president of academics.

Butler Community College recently named Karla A. Fisher, Ph.D., as vice president of academics.

“Karla Fisher brings to Butler an amazing array of knowledge, skills and experience that is certain to benefit our students and communities in tangible ways,” said Butler President Jackie Vietti.

“Her unwavering belief in the value of and vision for community colleges coupled with her enthusiasm about joining the Butler family make her the ideal choice as the college's new vice president of academics.”

Fisher joins Butler following the departure of Leann Ellis, who served in the position for 11 years. Fisher will be responsible for Butler’s seven academic divisions, a holistic student outcomes assessment program, curriculum development, industry-relevant career/technical education advancement and faculty development.

“I am delighted to join Butler Community College,” Fisher said. “My educational philosophy aligns with Butler’s clear focus on student success and lifelong learning. I look forward to working with my colleagues – especially our innovative faculty – to help more students discover ‘pure learning power’ for themselves.”

Before coming to the community college world, Fisher spent more than a decade in business and industry, managing research, product development and marketing functions primarily in the high-tech and financial services sectors.

Most recently, Fisher served as college relations coordinator for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE), helping faculty, staff and administrators better understand and use data to improve community college student experiences and outcomes.

Prior to joining the Center, she served as director of institutional marketing for Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) in Salt Lake City, Utah. At SLCC, she directed all aspects of the institution’s marketing and communications, as well as several student support activities including the college’s external and internal/portal Web sites, the annual General Catalog, and the Contact Center, a telephone and Internet student/community help service.

Fisher has developed and taught classes at the concurrent high school, undergraduate and graduate levels since 1996, including eight years in online-learning environments. She currently teaches online as a community college adjunct faculty member. Her research focuses on student retention and success in online education programs.

Fisher holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program, as well as an M.A. in communication and a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She also holds a vocational certificate from UCMT in Salt Lake City and attended community college classes while working on her bachelor’s degree, giving her first-hand knowledge of the joys and challenges of community college student life.