WESTMINSTER - Karen Merkle has been appointed director of Continuing Education and Community Services at Carroll Community College.
For the past year, she has acted as interim director, replacing Andrew Meyer.
Prior to becoming director, Merkle served as coordinator of Community Services, developing non-credit courses and programs to meet the educational needs of community organizations, agencies and special populations.
A Westminster resident, Merkle earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from Western Maryland College in 1976.
She taught health and physical education classes at CCC from 1976, the college's first year of operation, until 1979.
She received her master of arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, in health education with an emphasis in gerontology and stress management, and has taken additional course work in counseling at Johns Hopkins University.