Four Women Scholars Stepping Down From the Their Posts in Higher Education

Patricia J. Gumport, vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs at Stanford University, has announced she will be stepping down from her administrative role at the end of August 2019. She will return to teaching in the university’s Graduate School of Education and will resume her role as director of the Stanford Institute of Higher Education Research. Over her tenure as vice provost, graduate enrollment increased from 8,200 to 9,400 and the population of postdoctoral scholars increased from 1,400 to 2,300.

Dr. Gumport has been a Stanford faculty member since 1989. She was a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where she majored in philosophy and English. She also holds a master’s degree in education, a master’s degree in sociology, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy analysis all from Stanford University.

Elizabeth Crowther, president of Rappahannock Community College in Glenns, Virginia, has announced her plans to retire on June 30, 2019. She has led the institution as its third president since 2004. During her tenure, she oversaw facility renovations, added new satellite sites, and expanded partnerships with local organizations. Prior to her current role, she served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Virginia, head of instruction at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia, and as academic dean at Rappahannock Community College.

Dr. Crowther holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree both in English from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in higher education administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Dorinda Dallmeyer, director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia, has announced she will retire on December, 31, 2018. She has held this position for the past 12 years. Before assuming her current role, she had a 21-year career at the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia where she conducted research in the fields of international law and environmental policy with a particular emphasis on the role of negotiation and dispute resolution.

Dallameyer holds a master’s degree in geology and a juris doctorate both from the University of Georgia.

Jill Hartz, executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, has announced she will retire in August 2019. She became head of the museum in 2008, following a multimillion dollar expansion that began in 2000. During her tenure, she has created opportunities for students to work in various areas of the museum including collections, curatorial, education, and exhibitions. Last year, more than 9,000 students from more than 40 departments used the museum and its collections. Additionally, she has helped produce the largest endowment in the museum’s history; increased the museum’s permanent collection of American, Asian, European, and Latin American art; and launched a program that brings in exhibitions from world-renowned artists.

Previously, Hartz had served as director of the University of Virginia Art Museum, and worked at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Ohio and master’s degree in English language and literature from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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