Karen Nercessian is Associate Vice Provost for Strategy and Chief of Staff to the Provost, where she oversees the Provost’s strategic initiatives and priorities, with a particular focus on the needs of faculty as family members and parents, as well as faculty with disabilities. Karen serves as primary spokesperson for the Provost and manages the administrative components as well as the communications interface for the Office of the Provost; she also serves as the Provost’s designee on various committees and working groups and helps coordinate efforts with the Office of the President.

Karen acts as the point of contact with and the coordinator for schools and various units such as Public Safety, Facilities, Office of General Counsel, University Budget Office, Human Resources, Compliance and Faculty Housing. Karen also plays a role in the Provostial support for cross school initiatives such as Urban, Aging, Inequality and entrepreneurship.

Since joining NYU in 2006, Karen has held a variety of senior leadership roles, working with deans and faculty across all the schools and gaining a wide-ranging understanding of the university. Karen served as senior project manager for NYU Abu Dhabi, leading to the development of its interim campus, as well as the planning and space programming for the Saadiyat campus.  She led Faculty Housing, where she focused equally on improving the move-in and housing experience for newly recruited faculty and the quality of life for all faculty in university housing.  As Associate Vice President in Public Safety, Karen was responsible for budget management, personnel support, data analysis, and transportation services in New York, as well direct management of overall public safety for the 11 Global Academic Centers; in that role, she launched a set of strategic initiatives to improve operations across the department.  Karen’s most recent role was Interim Vice President for Global Campus Safety.

Karen holds a Master's in Public Administration from NYU Wagner and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from American University.