United States of America

Dr. Karin Lightfoot earned her Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing at Cal State Bakersfield and has been a registered Nurse for 37 years. She worked mostly in the areas of public health nursing and obstetrics. She earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing at CSU Chico and began teaching at Chico State School of Nursing in 2007. She earned her Ph. D in Public Health from Walden University in 2016 and she became Director of the School of Nursing in 2017.

She is Nationally Board Certified in Community Health Nursing and holds a Public Health Nursing certification from the California Board of Registered Nursing. She is currently the President-Elect for the California Association for Colleges of Nursing, is a State Grassroots Liaison for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and a board member of Kappa Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, gardening, and taking long walks with her husband Robb Lightfoot. They raised their four children in Palo Cedro, California before moving to Chico in 2017, when she took the Director position. With the support of the University administration and the committed nursing faculty and staff, she has navigated the School of Nursing through the challenges of the Camp Fire and now the COVID pandemic.