Ten Women Taking on New Administrative Duties in Academia

Yvonne Romero Da Silva was appointed vice president for enrollment at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She has been serving as vice dean and director of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Before joining the staff at Penn in 2012, Romero Da Silva was associate director of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Romero De Silva is a graduate of MIT, where she majored in mathematics. She holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Bridget Le Loup Collier was promoted to associate provost and director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at the University of Chicago. She joined the staff at the university in 2015 as dean of students and senior director of student engagement at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Dr. Collier holds a master’s degree in counseling and student affairs from Northern Arizona University and an educational doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Shannon M. Munro was promoted to vice president for workforce development at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Since 2012, she has served as executive director for workforce development and continuing education.

Munro is a graduate of Bloomsbury University of Pennsylvania, where she majored environmental planning and geography. She holds a master’s degree in geo-environmental studies from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Saxman Underwood was named senior director of alumni relations at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. For the past two years, Dr. Underwood has served as the associate vice chancellor for government and university relations at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Dr. Underwood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where she majored in literature. She holds a master’s degree in education and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Arkansas.

Nicole Curvin was promoted to director of undergraduate admissions at Middlebury College in Vermont. Since 2014, she has been associate director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Curvin is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She holds a master degree in education from Harvard University.

Honora Eskridge was appointed director of the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been serving as director of Centennial Research Services for the North Carolina State University Libraries. She joined the staff at North Carolina State in 1998.

Eskridge is a graduate of Manhattan College in new York, where he majored in mechanical engineering. She holds a master of library and information science degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Vanessa Marie Perry was named president of the George Washington University Alumni Association. She is the CEO of Health Resource Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in solutions to public health problems in underserved communities.

Dr. Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a masters of public health degree, and a Ph.D. in psychology.

Stephanie L. Hamlett was named university counsel at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She has been serving as executive director and general counsel for the Virginia Resources Authority.

Hamlett is a graduate of Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned a juris doctorate at the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in tax law from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Mandy Minner was appointed chief budget officer at the University of Delaware. She has been serving in the post on an interim basis since March and previously was a senior budget analyst at the university. Earlier in her career, Minner was a vice president in the credit card services division of Bank of America.

Minner holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware.

Michelle Mayo was named associate provost for academic programs and undergraduate research at North Carolina Central University. She is the former associate provost for academic affairs and dean of graduate and professional studies at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

Dr. Mayo holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She earned a doctorate in educational policy and leadership studies from Indiana University in Bloomington.

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