Karl began teaching in the School of Education at LCU in 1990. He has also served in the role of Chairman of Secondary Education and one of the original faculty members for the beginning of the Graduate Education program and Graduate Nursing programs at LCU. He earned his M.Ed. from ENMU in 1988 and his Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Texas Tech University in 1996.
In April of 2008, he was named Vice President of Technology Advancement. The Technology Services team plans for and manages the technology needs of students, faculty, and staff in both academic and business applications. At LCU Dr. Mahan has participated in planning and delivery of numerous strategic initiatives. He has been involved in software applications across the university, several hardware refresh cycles, building construction and refresh planning projects, curriculum planning and faculty hiring committees, accreditation team, and the Executive Leadership Team.
Among his professional milestones he is a NM 4A HS district baseball coach of the year recipient, selected as assistant coach for the NM All-South Baseball team, two term past President of the Lubbock Phi Delta Kappa Chapter, an honoree for the L.R. Wilson Teaching Award at LCU, served on Strategic Planning Leadership Committees, co-hosted a local educational technology TV show, delivered numerous technology workshops to K12 campuses, served as an external evaluator for TEA grant recipients, former Professor of Record and Clinical Faculty member for University of North Texas Masters Across Technology program, Microsoft School Leadership Training Series participant, and a consultant for numerous departments and projects.
Karl and Annette's ('83) oldest son, Jake ('10), and daughter-in-law, Tori (Holloway) ('11 and MEd ‘15), are both LCU alumni. Their youngest son, Josh (‘14) and daughter-in-law Kaylee (Wilson) (’15) are also alumni. Annette is the program coordinator for Early Childhood Education and has been with the School of Education at LCU since 1991.