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Student Life Office Team

Karen Klein

Assistant to the Dean of Students/

Vice President of Student Life


Karen Klein started at Colorado College in the summer of 2005. Karen is a Colorado Springs native who has also lived in Illinois, Ohio and Florida. Her career path to the higher education community has been filled with many detours. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism, she started a career in residential property management; a field she knew almost immediately was not her calling. From there she moved into commercial property management where she stayed for over eight years, eventually managing over 1 million square feet of neighborhood shopping center space and office buildings. Another turn in the road brought her to the non-profit world, where she has worked for the national CEO of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the CEO of the Economic Development Corporation and now for the vice president for student life where her budgeting skills have quickly made her indispensable to the division.

Karen is married with two grown sons and one grandson who is the light of her life. She is passionate about golf and reading and loves working in the college environment. You will often see her sitting under a tree, book in hand. 

Katie Puryear

Communications Specialist

Katie Puryear is a Colorado native who is passionate about helping students reach their educational and career goals. After majoring in Applied Communication, Katie continued on for Master of Arts in Communication at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Before joining Colorado College in August of 2013, she worked on valuable research concerning leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership, and advised high risk students at Corinthian Colleges. She has experience working with a diverse population of students, researching best retention practices, and managing communications. Katie also teaches Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational Communication at Pikes Peak Community College. She spends as much time possible outdoors hiking, cycling, and taking photos of the beauty right here in our backyard.