Karl Haigler has more than twenty-five years of experience in workforce development, human resources consulting and education and is a nationally-recognized expert in workplace and adult literacy, job analysis, work-based assessment.
Karl works with private and public sector clients in leadership development, basic and technical skills assessment, and training and program evaluation. He also specializes in job analysis and competency model development.
At the federal level (1985-1988), Karl served on the U.S. Secretary of Education’s senior staff as Director of the Adult Literacy Initiative, Director of Adult Education and principal liaison to the Vice President’s office and federal and state departments on the issue of literacy. In this role he was responsible for the initiation of the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS), a nation-wide assessment of literacy proficiency. From 1988 to 1991, Karl served as Special Advisor to Mississippi’s Governor on literacy and workforce development issues. He spearheaded the Mississippi Literacy Assessment, the nation’s first state-wide survey of adult literacy skills. His work in Mississippi was documented in Fortune’s “Training: Workers of the Future” and in The Atlantic Monthly.
Karl has a B.A. (with honors) in politics from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in politics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He retired as a Major from the U.S. Army (Reserve) after having served as a basic training officer and company commander (Ft. Jackson, SC) and as an intelligence analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Soviet Ground Forces Division.