University Relations // 10.12.2016
Karan J. Sorensen ’86 will be inducted into the Charleston Southern University College of Science and Mathematics Hall of Honor Oct. 14 at the annual President’s Club dinner.
Sorensen is president and chief executive officer of Sorensen Strategies, LLC in Charleston. She has expertise in building businesses, executing innovation, information and technology solutions, implementing operation excellence programs and developing leaders. She has been recognized by CIO Magazine for creating business value through the innovative use of information technology.
She recently served as interim assistant CEO at Palmetto State Armory and helped turn PSA from a D- Better Business Bureau rating to an A+ BBB company operating efficiently. Her expertise was rewarded with the BBB Outstanding Individual Employee certificate, and PSA received the 2015 BBB Torch Award as a top company and role model in the region.
“The Nominating Committee thought Karan was ideal for induction into the College of Science and Mathematics Hall of Honor," said Dr. Todd Ashby, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. "Along with being a very successful Christian business woman, she has never forgotten her alma mater. Karan continues to be a strong advocate and benefactor for Charleston Southern.”
Sorensen spent 10 years with Johnson & Johnson as chief information officer and vice president of information technology for pharmaceutical research and development. She has also worked at Life Technologies, Merck & Co Inc., Jacob Engineering, General Electric Consulting Services and E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., Inc.
She is a member of CSU’s Board of Visitors and is on the Industry Advisory Board for CSU’s computer science department. She has been an academic guest lecturer for MIT, Harvard Business School, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University, MUSC and College of Charleston.
Sorensen holds a master of science, management of technology and an MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology and has worked toward a PhD in technology management at SIT.
Members of the College of Science and Mathematics Hall of Honor are nominated by a CSM faculty member or by the administration and have made personal significant professional contributions to the fields of science or mathematics. Sorensen was nominated by Dr. Jeryl Johnson, retired dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.