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School of Business
Ed.D., Portland State University
MS, Purdue University
BS, Arizona State University
Kara McFall's early career was in the field of IT consulting. She started out in the frantic-paced world of Andersen Consulting straight out of Purdue, working out of their San Francisco office. Since that time she has managed a variety of IT projects, ranging from replacing a government agency's hardware and software platforms to launching major eCommerce sites.
Later in her career she switched her focus from managing IT projects to managing the project managers and development teams responsible for delivering the projects. In this capacity she has held roles as a Vice President of Project Management, Program Operations Manager, and IT Applications Manager.
Kara brings an extensive public sector project management background to teaching. She is currently the manager of Financial, Supply Chain and Data Warehouse Applications within the Information Technology Group at Oregon Health & Science University. Prior to this position, she trained OHSU Information Technology staff in project management techniques and aided in the delivery of IT projects from development to implementation. In 2013 she completed her doctorate in education with a specialization in Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education in Portland State University's Educational Leadership Program.
She is the chair of the Northwest Oracle Users Group, the Chair of the Oracle Higher Education Users Group e-Business Suite Product Advisory Group and have more than 15 years of experience teaching project management and IT courses for a variety of universities.