By Vision Corner staff—
UNION CITY, IN—Karen Lloyd joined the Vision Corner Learning Center team in Union City, Indiana, as the organization’s founding executive director at the end of 2023. Vision Corner board vice president and superintendent of Randolph Eastern School Corporation (RESC), Aaron Black, affirmed that “hiring an executive director for Vision Corner was a strategic imperative for the City of Union City and Randolph Eastern. This role is not just about leadership, it’s about collaboration, innovation, and strategic direction that aligns with Vision Corner’s objectives with the community’s aspirations.”
Lloyd is a Randolph County native and recently served as the regional director of the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ECI-SBDC). Prior to that, Lloyd worked at the Ball State Entrepreneurship Center and in property management and sales. Lloyd earned bachelor’s degrees in business and psychology as well as a graduate degree in executive development for public service and communication from Ball State University. Lloyd’s passion is “to connect, inspire, and support growth in others,” which she will do through Vision Corner by synergizing her entrepreneurial spirit and desire to advance education transformation.
In partnership with the Vision Corner Board, Randolph Eastern School Corporation, and the City of Union City, Lloyd is gearing up to make 2024 a monumental year for Vision Corner and our community. After being sparked by an idea by Union City Mayor Chad Spence and RESC Superintendent Black in late 2019, Vision Corner has continued to evolve from an inspired idea into reality. Vision Corner set out to become a symbol of downtown revitalization, economic development, and excellence in education. Since 2019, Vision Corner has also become a testament to the power of persistence and overcoming obstacles, continuing on the path, adapting as needed, and trusting the process. The Vision Corner team’s ability to look forward, think outside the box, and lead with a progressive mindset has sparked collaboration within the region regarding career-focused education through partnerships with Reid Health, Ivy Tech, and Ball State University. “Collaboration will continue to be a key element to the success of Vision Corner and, ultimately, our community,” says Mayor Spence. “The ability of a small community to maximize its resources and create synergy is paramount to not just survive but actually thrive in a global marketplace.”
Ultimately, Lloyd and all who are invested in Vision Corner will work to, as Superintendent Black attests, “transform Vision Corner into a beacon of progress, where education, community engagement, and effective resource management converge to create a brighter future for all.” Lloyd and the Vision Corner team look forward to celebrating the grand ribbon cutting for Vision Corner with the community on Friday, April 12, 2024.
For more information, visit www.visioncorner.org