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ACU Remembers: Karen Wilkerson

By on October 23, 2018 in ACU News with 15 Comments

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Karen Wilkerson
Karen Wilkerson

Karen Wilkerson, director of the Upward Bound program at Abilene Christian University, died Oct. 23, 2018, at age 47 following an illness. Memorial arrangements are pending.

Before joining ACU’s staff in 2002 as an advisor in the university’s Talent Search program, she worked in the Upward Bound program at McLennan Community College. She was named Upward Bound director for Abilene Christian in 2006. She was a leader in the national community of TRIO professionals, having served as president of the Texas Association for Special Student Services Programs.

Wilkerson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University and a master’s in educational psychology from Baylor University. She mentored hundreds of local high school students who come from low-income households to be the first in their families to attend college. Colleagues respected her as a passionate and trusted guide to young people in Abilene.

Among survivors are her husband, Gerald Wilkerson (’92), and their children, Donovan and Victoria. The Wilkersons are members at Abilene’s Minda Street Church of Christ, where Gerald is an elder.

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  1. Smoke says:

    I want to give my condolences to Gerald and their kids. From the first time I ever met Karen she was a sincere and easy going person. You could tell she really loved Gerald and was passionate about her work, career, people, and her faith. She always had a smile on her face whenver she stopped by the barbershop when I was there for a haircut. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    “Smoke”

  2. Gabriela Lane says:

    I will miss you Karen. Hours and hours working together and creating bridges between the upward bound program and the international office. My prayers are with the family.

  3. Lisa Lopez says:

    My prayers go out to the family. Karen was very special and made such an impact on my daughter. We had the pleasure of knowing her through Upward Bounds and she truly loved her students. We were devastated when we heard the news. May she fly high with the angels. RIP Karen…we love & will miss you.

    Lisa & Anissa Lopez

  4. Martha Hardy says:

    My prayers are with the Wilkerson family at this time.

  5. Christina Forrest says:

    My heart breaks to learn of this news. Ms. Wilkerson mentored my brother and was a huge influence in seeing the potential in every child. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.

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