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Kara Miller McCarty

Robert G. Engel Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life

Kara received her B.A. in Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, PA, M.Ed. In Higher Education from the College of William and Mary, and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2006, Kara worked as the Coordinator for Greek Affairs at the University of Miami (FL) for three years. Kara has worked with each of our undergraduate councils at Cornell but her primary role was the advisor to the Interfraternity Council (IFC) before she became the Director of OSFL in Summer 2017.

In her current role, Kara supervises the OSFL staff, helps to plan all programmatic and leadership initiatives for the sorority and fraternity community, leads OSFL strategic initiatives, communicates with sorority and fraternity alumni, and oversees the day-to-day management of sorority and fraternity life. Kara was the 2017-2018 president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), a past Board member of the Northeast Greek Leadership Association, and she is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and serves on their Executive Council.

Contact for: 

  • Strategic Planning
  • Office Oversight
  • Campus and Community Partners
  • Alumni Engagement
  • Potential Expansion
  • Crisis Management
  • Office Resource Management