Karen DeHart

Associate Commissioner - Development, Marketing, and Administrative Services

Karen Moose DeHart, Associate Commissioner, is responsible for directing, administering, and coordinating business development, marketing, merchandising & licensing, and endowed fund efforts for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Karen earned her Bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990). She was a “walk-on” Lady Tar Heel during the 1987-88 basketball season, and while working part-time, participated in various intramural sports and earned dean's List honors. She then attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a master's degree in exercise and sports science (1995) while working as a graduate assistant teaching undergraduate physical education classes and serving as the Chapel Hill High School's Assistant Track Coach. Karen has also worked in the corporate fitness sector, taught K - 5 health and physical education, and coached JV and varsity girls' high school volleyball and basketball.

The daughter of a retired USAF CMSGT, Karen resided throughout the United States and overseas before making North Carolina her home in 1983. During her high school athletic career, Karen lettered in several sports, including field hockey, cross-country, softball, basketball, and track. Karen graduated from Eastern Wayne High School in Goldsboro, NC, in 1986.

Serving the NCHSAA since July 1994, Karen has actively participated at the national level through numerous presentations related to investments and marketing at the National Federation of State High School Association meetings.

Karen and her husband, Jon, reside in Chapel Hill with their three children. Karen enjoys reading, walking, cooking, and volunteering with local groups such as the YMCA and the Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau.

Staff Responsibilities

Administration and Finance

  • Corporate partnerships
  • Marketing
  • Endowment fund
  • Merchandising
  • Preferred vendors
  • Contracts