Five Women Who Are Stepping Down From Their Current Posts in Higher Education

Nasrin Jewell, a professor of economics at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, will retire from the faculty this spring. Professor Jewell first joined the faculty at St. Catherine University in 1981.

Dr. Jewell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Miami. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin.

Mary Spilde, president of Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, has announced that she will step down on June 30. She has been president of the college for the past 16 years. The college enrolls about 8,500 students with women making up 51 percent of the student body. Dr. Spilde joined Lane Community College in 1995 as vice president for instructional services.

Dr. Spilde has a bachelor’s degree in business and social systems and a law degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She earned a master’s degree in adult education and a doctorate in postsecondary education from Oregon State University.

Carol M. Swain, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University and a professor at the Vanderbilt Law School, has announced that she will leave the university on August 15, 2017.  Dr. Swain joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 1999. In a statement, Professor Swain said “I will miss the students and the rhythm of campus, but I will not miss what American universities have allowed themselves to become.”

Professor Swain is a magna cum laude graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where she majored in criminal justice. She holds master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and Yale Law School. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Deborah Jenson announced that she will step down as director of the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She will continue to serve as co-director of the Franklin Humanities Institute’s Health Humanities Lab and professor of Romance studies and global health.

Dr. Jenson is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Paris in France and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Nancy Winship announced that she will step down on June 30 as senior vice president of institutional advancement at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has served in this role since 1994. Winship will stay on at the university as an adviser to the university’s president.

Winship is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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