Four Women Who Are Leaving Their Posts as College Presidents

Carol A. Moore announced her decision to step down as president of Columbia College in South Carolina. Dr. Moore came to Columbia College as interim provost in September 2016 and became interim president in July 2017. She was appointed president in March 2018. Dr. Moore has served as interim president of Burlington College in Vermont and is the former president of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont. Before taking the reins of leadership at Lyndon State College in 1998, she was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Dr. Moore holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She earned a Ph.D. in marine biology from Northeastern University in Boston.

Terri L. Winfree has stepped down from her post as president of Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois. In a statement the board of trustees said that President Winfree is leaving “to explore new and exciting career opportunities.” Dr. Winfree started her career at the college in 1995 as a part-time employee teaching non-credit computer classes and serving as the coordinator of career training programs. She served as associate dean of continuing professional education from 2000-2004 and then served as dean of continuing professional education from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Winfree was named vice president of community and economic development in 2007 and served in that capacity until she was selected as president in 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education human resources from Colorado State University.

Carolyn J. Stefanco is stepping down this summer as president of the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. She became the 11th president of the college in July 2014. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Stefanco was vice president for academic affairs and dean at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.  Before joining the administration at Agnes Scott College, Dr. Stefanco was the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus. Earlier in her career, she was chair of the history department and director of the women’s studies program at California Polytechnic State University. She also served on the faculty at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Dr. Stefanco is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned a master’s degree at Binghamton University of the State University of New York System and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Linda D. Rose, president of Santa Ana College in California, has announced she will retire this summer. She has been president of the college since 2016. Previously, Dr. Rose had been the president of Los Angeles Southwest College. Before taking the helm at Los Angeles Southwest College, she served for three years as vice president of academic affairs at Santa Ana College. Earlier, Dr. Rose was dean of the Liberal Arts Division and chair of the English department at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. Dr. Rose is a graduate of West Los Angeles Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in English from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Rose earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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