Karen Fletcher is Director of Grants Resources & Services in the Office of Research. Fletcher earned her MBA from Coastal Carolina University and her BA in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Hartford. She received her Grant Writing Certificate from the University of South Carolina. Before joining Appalachian State University in 2015, Fletcher created a proposal development program in the Office of Research Services at Coastal Carolina University and coordinated a 501(c)(3) Newspaper in Education program addressing K-12 learning methods with The Sun News’ daily newspaper. She is past chair of the Horry County Literacy Council and past president of Myrtle Beach Kiwanis. Fletcher has co-authored a blog about South Carolina’s Lowcountry: Adventures with Karen and Kelly, and has written for Grand Strand Magazine. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).