ERAU Chancellor Named an Influential Woman for 2020

Anette Karlsson, chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) Prescott campus, was honored as one of Arizona’s Most Influential Women 2020 by Arizona Business Magazine and AZRE magazines during an evening celebration in Phoenix Aug. 25.

She and the other recipients were selected from more than 2,000 women nominated, said Michael Gossie, editor-in-chief, AZ Big Media, and Lin Sue Cooney, director of community engagement, Hospice of the Valley. They explained the ceremony had been postponed from last year until August 2021 because of the pandemic.

The more than 50 women from throughout Arizona represented virtually every profession, including education, medical, legal, financial, government, cultural, athletic and entertainment.

Karlsson was praised for her strong leadership and educational vision at the university that has been named the top aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical university by U.S. News and World Report. This is the second consecutive year for that recognition.

A native of Sweden, Karlsson has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Linkoping University. She earned a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Rutgers University.

She and her husband Rick moved to Prescott when she became chancellor at ERAU in August 2019.

This fall, ERAU-Prescott has more than 3,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Engineering, and Business, Security and Intelligence.