Karen Francis-Begay

Assistant Vice President, Tribal Relations

Karen Francis-Begay's primary role is to serve as a key representative and liaison between tribal leaders and the University in efforts to strengthen partnerships and advance mutual goals. Karen has devoted her career to advancing educational access and success for Native American students and to fostering relationships with tribal communities and institutions of higher education.

Karen has a bachelor of science in public administration, a master of arts in American Indian studies, and is pursuing a PhD in higher education administration at the University of Arizona. She serves on two national non-profit boards: The College Board and College Horizons, and locally, Karen is a board member of the Tucson YWCA.