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Katherine Gardner
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:20am
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Karen Magnuson will now serve as an executive in residence at Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. Recently retired, Magnuson held the position of executive editor at the Democrat and Chronicle (D&C) for 18 years, overseeing some revolutionary times at the paper including a switch to a digital-first mindset. Magnuson will bring many years of professional experience with her and a commitment to diversity and fostering community engagement.

Her passion for coaching and mentoring aspiring leaders will lend itself to the duties in her new role. As executive in residence, Magnuson will be mentoring students, interacting with student organizations and engaging in classes, seminars and other outreach activities. In all, her position will enrich the education of students in Saunders College, helping them navigate through the industry as a young professional.

“Karen will serve as a great asset to Saunders College as an executive in residence,” says Dean Jaqueline Mozrall. “Her commitment to the community and passion for mentoring will foster great experiences for our students.”

Her repertoire of skills stem from her variety of professional experience. Prior to working at the D&C, she held key positions at The Wichita Eagle, the Los Angeles Daily News and the United Press International News Service.

Beyond her work experience, Magnuson has also served on various committees, including the Associated Press Managing Editors, Saunders College Management Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees of her undergraduate alma mater, Alma College in Michigan, and the board for the American Society of News Editors where she co-chairs the diversity committee.

Saunders College of Business is pleased to welcome Karen Magnuson!


Saunders College of Business is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Recognized and ranked internationally, Saunders is home to over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs across RIT Global Campuses in Rochester, New York, Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo and China. Saunders College works in partnership with RIT’s entrepreneurial Venture Creations incubator and top ranked Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to integrate business education with RIT’s world-leading technical and creative programs. With nearly 19,000 alumni worldwide, Saunders College offers undergraduate (BS), Masters (MS), Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs where students gain real-world business experiences through a tradition of applied learning, internships and capstone programs.

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