Four Women Who Are Retiring From High-Level University Positions

Kathy Rose-Mockry, longtime director of the Emily Taylor Resource Center for Women & Gender Equity at the University of Kansas, will retire on June 30, 2019. She has served as director since 1998. Earlier in her career, she had served as music therapist at both the San Antonio State Hospital and the Camarillo State Mental Hospital in California and as director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also held a variety of roles at the University of Kansas including serving as a teaching assistant, a counselor for Adult Life Resource Center, and various roles within Student Housing.

Dr. Rose-Mockry holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, a master’s degree in education counseling, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies all from the University of Kansas.

Nicole Prudent, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine, has announced her retirement. A native of Haiti, she dedicated her career to serving the Haitian community in Massachusetts, the third largest in the country with approximately 46,000 immigrants. In her years at Boston Medical Center, she co-founded the Haitian American Public Health Initiatives and Youth and Family Enrichment Services to help newly arrived Haitian immigrant families thrive and raise healthy children while establishing their new life in America. Additionally, she founded Open Access to Music Education for Children, a program open to students for all ages and abilities that offers free private music lessons taught by more than a dozen professional music educators.

Dr. Prudent earned her M.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico.

Jeanne Horrigan, director of new students orientation and parents services at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will retire this semester. She began her professional career as an undergraduate admissions counselor at the university before joining what was then called the New Students Program. She spent the next three and a half decades dedicating herself to the critical work of welcoming thousands of students and families to campus each summer, providing an introduction to undergraduate life, and facilitating a smooth transition to the university.

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

Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, will retire this September after the arrival of the Class of 2023, the 20th class she will admit to the university. Meislahn began her career at Wesleyan in January 2000, making her the longest-serving dean of admission in the university’s history. The first class she admitted, the Class of 2004, received less than 7,000 applicants and had a 27 percent acceptance rate. Her most recently admitted class, the Class of 2022, received nearly 13,000 applicants and had a 17 percent acceptance rate. During her tenure, the Office of Admission transitioned to an entirely paperless operation, introduced a test-optional policy, made the admission process friendlier to undocumented students, and implemented two different database systems. Before coming to Wesleyan, she served as director of undergraduate admissions at Cornell University.

Meislahn is a graduate of Cornell University.

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