Three Women Academics Announce Their Retirements

Barbara Wisch, a professor of art at the State University of New York at Cortland, will assume the title of professor of emerita of art tomorrow. She has been on the university’s faculty since 1993 and was named a full professor in 2000. Considered an authority on Italian art, she is the author of Acting on Faith: The Confraternity of the Gonfalone in Renaissance Rome.

Professor Wisch is a graduate of Columbia University. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in the history of art at the University of California at Berkeley.

Linda Phillips, a long-time professor and associate dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee is retiring today. She began her career at the university 35 years ago as director of the reference section of the Hodges Undergraduate Library.

Ann Peterson is stepping down as executive director of the Office of Alumni Affairs at Rice University in order to spend more time with her family. She will continue at the university as executive director of engagement effectiveness in the Office of Resource Development. Peterson has been an administrator in the Office of Alumni Affairs for 17 years, the last four as director.


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