The division of University Relations at Midwestern University maintains offices on the Downers Grove and Glendale campuses for
Downers Grove, IL
On the Illinois Campus, you'll find offices for Admissions, Communications, and Development and Alumni Relatons in Haspel/Hambrick Hall.
On the Arizona Campus, the Barrel Student Center houses the offices of Admissions, Communications, and Development and Alumni Relations.
As gateway to the University, the Office of Admissions welcomes everyone to our exciting professional education community. Our committed and caring staff members collaborate with others in the Midwestern University community and provide quality service while recruiting, retaining, and educating future health care professionals. As representatives of Midwestern University, we build positive working relationships, hold ourselves to the highest standards, and create an environment of courtesy and respect to serve you.
The Offices of Communications collaborate as a professional team with expertise in communications, graphic design, web development, printing and publications, media relations, and alumni relations. The four units in our department — Marketing, Publications, Media Relations, and Special Events — coupled with the unique expertise of our staff members, provides communication solutions that produce effective results for Midwestern University.
The Office of Communications also publishes the MWU Style Guide, which includes editorial and graphics standards for the University.
Development and Alumni Relations
The Office of Development & Alumni Relations creates opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, and staff to connect or reconnect with Midwestern University through special events, programming, pledges, and gifts. In addition, we attract and develop philanthropic support to advance the mission and vision of the University.
Karen D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Vice President of University Relations
Since 1994, Karen D. Johnson, Ph.D., has directed external relations efforts for Midwestern University at both the Illinois and Arizona campuses. She oversees the offices of admissions, development and alumni relations, and marketing and communications for our graduate and professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and health sciences. She was instrumental in the initial creation and continues to supervise the development of the university’s web site, which won a metro Chicago Addy Award for Best of Category and a bronze medal from the Admissions Marketing Report.
Under Karen's guidance, the University also won honors from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Communications Awards Program for the Best Web Site (www.midwestern.edu), Best New Media Program (A Day in the Life at MWU DVD), Best Campus Newspaper (The Vital Signs), Best Alumni Magazine (The Midwestern University Magazine), Best One-of-a-Kind Publication (Healthy Living in Arizona Tips), Best Special Event (Walk for Diabetes), and the Best Community Service Project (TOPS free physicals program).
Karen received her bachelor of arts degree in history from the College of Wooster (1987), her master of arts degree in liberal studies from Northwestern University (1994), and the doctorate of philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago (2008). She serves on the Boards of Directors of the YWCA of Maricopa County and the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Marketing Advisory Council of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and is a member of several service and educational associations. She was recently named a Top Young Executive by The Business Ledger in Chicago and one of the Forty Under 40 by The Business Journal in Phoenix.
Prior to joining Midwestern, Karen served in editorial management positions at the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. She taught high school history at a private school in the Cleveland area before beginning her career in university administration.