This Women’s History Month in March, we celebrate Professor Karla Drenner,
She teaches undergraduate and
In addition, Dr. Drenner has earned five degrees, run fifteen marathons, authored a book, and has probably seen more movies than all of the judges for the Academy Awards combined!
She is an inspirational
Dr. Drenner has quite an impressive educational background. Her degrees include a
She created a career in environmental health and
After all of these accomplishments, Dr. Drenner had a political epiphany. She felt a calling to enter public service.
Raised in a political family, she grew up working on campaigns in West Virginia and learned a bit about the political process. But it wasn’t until later in her career that she was drawn to it.
“I just decided that it was time for me to serve,” said Dr. Drenner. “My family thought I was nuts! I didn’t know very many people in Georgia as I had only lived there for four years. While I did earn one of my doctorates in public policy and administration, I really had no idea how to run a campaign to get elected. I just dove right in and never looked back!”
Dr. Drenner beat the 4-year incumbent and has served as the state representative in Georgia’s District 85 for 14 years. She has been reelected seven times. Her platforms include environment, energy, and economic development. Some of her major accomplishments include:
- Creation of a solid waste trust fund and voluntary remediation programs, protecting streams by increasing buffer zones and requiring rain sensors for office building irrigation systems.
- Championing more than 40 pieces of legislation to promote the development of Georgia’s energy resources both on land and offshore.
- Spearheading sponsored income tax credits for teleworkers—the first such tax credits in the nation.
“I love helping people, and just like my Purdue Global students, my constituents are like a family to me,” Dr. Drenner said.
Dr. Drenner began teaching more than a decade ago, and really enjoys working with her Purdue Global students.
“I feel that an education