School of Professional Studies
M.B.A. (Management), 2011, Indiana Institute of Technology
B.S. (Health), 1991, University of Maryland
Major Karen Crocker, a native of Upper Marlboro, Md., joined Olivet’s faculty in 2013. Her Active Guard Reserve (AGR) assignment is as an assistant professor of military science, and she also serves as chair of the Department of Military Science.
She enlisted in the Army in 1992 as a preventive medicine specialist. In 2003, she received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps.
Over the past 10 years, she has served in a variety of positions within the Army Reserves. As a lieutenant, she was assigned to 4th Battalion, 321st Regiment, located at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Her positions included executive officer, Assistant Battalion S3 and Echo Company commander.
Her following assignment, from 2006 to 2012, was with 1st Battalion, 330th Regiment, an Infantry One Station Unit Training Battalion, located in Fort Wayne, Ind. There, she served as the S1, S3 and Battalion executive officer. During this time, she was mobilized as the Alpha Company commander to Fort McCoy, Wis., as part of Regional Training Center North.
Her last assignment was with the 412th Theater Engineer Command, located in Vicksburg, Miss. She served as a senior human resources officer, responsible for the personnel support for more than 13,000 soldiers worldwide.
Maj. Crocker is a graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course, Adjutant General Basic Course and Adjutant General Captains Career Course. Her military awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.
She and her husband, Maj. Bobby Crocker, are the parents of three children, Kaitlyn, Zachery and Ella. Her husband is a logistics officer, currently serving as an assistant professor of military science at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.