WMU News

Karpus named director of Conference and Seminars

Feb. 2, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Janet Karpus has been named director of Conferences and Seminars in the Division of Continuing Education at Western Michigan University.

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Karpus came to WMU from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, where she was a contracted administrator for special projects. From 1990 to 2000, she was with the Fontana Concert Society, a Kalamazoo-based arts organization, and from 1987 to 1990 with Zingerman's, a nationally known food purveyor based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Executive director of Fontana during the last six years of her tenure there, Karpus was heavily involved in the areas of program development, fund development, strategic planning and implementation, marketing, board development, and various collaborative projects. Her primary responsibilities as catering sales manager at Zingerman's included sales and special events.

Active in the local arts community, Karpus currently is president of the Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers Board of Directors, chairperson of the Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee of Education for the Arts, and a member of the Education Committee of the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. She also serves on various grant review and assessment panels for nonprofit organizations.

Karpus received a bachelor of music degree from New York's Potsdam College in 1982 and a master of music degree from WMU in 1985.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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