Karen S. Thornton
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Karen S. Thornton is the program director of the Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEOs) Program, the first-of-its-kind living-learning entrepreneurship program at the University of Maryland. She has been managing the program’s day-to-day activities and providing strategic direction along with the faculty director since its launch in fall 2000. Ms. Thornton is also the associate director of the VentureCatalyst (VC) Program, the broad set of educational programs in the Clark School of Engineering designed to spur and support the commercialization of technology through education, networking, and hands-on incubation at the university. Prior to her current positions, Ms. Thornton has also held positions in external relations and human resources in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and in a corporate human resources department for an international engineering firm. She was a concert musician and university lecturer for fifteen years, and a Fulbright Scholar. She earned bachelor's and master's of music degrees ('71, '72) from Florida State University, ARCM ('75) from the Royal College of Music, London, and an MBA ('98) from the University of Maryland.