Karen Wilson was honored Friday by the Martin School at the University of Kentucky as its Distinguished Alumnus for 2017. The award was presented during the school’s annual Alumni and Friends Reception at the University’s Boone Center.
Wilson is an environmental scientist consultant senior in the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. She has worked in Kentucky state government for 21 years in the cabinet overseeing environmental protection, natural resources, and energy programs. She has had roles in communications and outreach, legislative, regulatory and intergovernmental affairs, and strategic planning.
Karen has assisted in the development of two comprehensive energy plans and has been involved in a number of stakeholder initiatives. As part of a National Governors Association Policy Academy, she is currently involved in a cabinet initiative to encourage broad discussion on factors affecting Kentucky’s electric power sector. She has a BA in English from UK, in addition to her MPA from the Martin School.
Also honored Friday was Congressman Hal Rogers, a Republican from Somerset, who was inducted into the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame.
Martin School Director and Professor Ron Zimmer said of Rogers and Wilson, “The Martin School is proud to honor these two outstanding individuals who have elevated the standards of those around them and devoted their lives to the advancement of the common good for the people of our state and nation.”