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Krause Receives the Alumni Fellow Award

College alumna Gay Krause is among 22 Penn State alumni who will be honored Oct. 16 with the title of Alumni Fellow.

A headshot of Gay Krause.College of Education alumna Gay Krause is among 22 Penn State alumni who was honored Oct. 16 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Since the award was established in 1973, more than 700 alumni have been honored with the title of Alumni Fellow, designated a permanent and lifelong title by the Penn State Board of Trustees. This represents one-eighth of 1 percent of all 616,000 living Penn State alumni.

Krause is executive director of the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), located at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. The KCI's mission is to design and implement innovative professional development education and training to support the diverse workforce needed to compete in the knowledge economy.

Krause has extensive experience in offering professional development programs to K-14 educators. Prior to her position with KCI, she was a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and then principal at Graham Middle School in Mountain View, Calif.

Krause is founder and former chairperson of the Mountain View–Los Altos Challenge Team, a networking group of community leaders who work with at-risk youth. This leadership group has extensive connections to the K–14 educational community in Silicon Valley. Krause's other nonprofit interests include board positions on the YMCA of Silicon Valley; Children Now; and the Foothill-DeAnza Foundation, a college foundation.

With their $6.5 million gift, Krause and her husband, Bill, supported the recently opened Krause Innovation Studio, located in Chambers Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The studio will help faculty support their classes using powerful technology such as digital video, Web 2.0 tools, and mobile and ubiquitous computing.

In addition to her Penn State undergraduate degree, Krause earned a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Virginia. She holds credentials in administration from San Francisco State University and San Jose State University.

Members of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Krauses live in Los Altos, Calif.

-- (September 2013)