Three Women Who Are Retiring From High-Level Posts at Colleges and Universities

Susan Grant, director of university housing at North Carolina State University, retired on December 31, 2018. She first came to the university in 1986 as the associate director of residence life. In 2007, she was promoted to director. Some of her most notable accomplishments include starting the Living and Learning Villages on campus and co-founding WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). She won the North Carolina State Student Affairs Outstanding Professional Employee Award in 1993 and the Student Affairs Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award in 2005. She has also served as the president of North Carolina Housing Officers as well as the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers.

Grant holds a bachelor’s degree in clinical chemistry and a master’s degree in counselor education/school counseling and guidance both from the University of South Florida.

Judith L. Bonner, provost and executive president at Mississippi State University, has announced she will retire on June 30. She joined the university in 2015 after a distinguished career at the University of Alabama. She served as president of the University of Alabama from 2012 to 2015. Prior to that, she served as provost and executive vice president for almost 10 years. She also held other various positions throughout her time at the university including professor, department chair, assistant academic vice president, special assistant to the president, dean, and interim president. Before coming to the University of Alabama she held faculty appointments at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Ohio State University.

Dr. Bonner holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree both in human nutrition from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in human nutrition from Ohio State University.

Kathy Hart, president of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, has announced she will retire in September after 25 years at the college. She began her career at the college in 1994 as the assistant division chair for communication skills. She worked her way up and became the dean of planning, research and regional education, followed by the vice president of instruction, and eventually was appointed president of the college in 2012. Over the course of her career, she has won numerous awards including the 2013 Athena Award, the 2016 President’s Award from the Middle College National Consortium, and the 2016 Educator of the Year award from the Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership, San Joaquin Delta College was named one of Aspen Institute’s top 150 community colleges in the United States.

Dr. Hart holds a master’s degree in English from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.

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