Four Women Who Have Announced Their Retirements From the Academic World

Geraldine M. Jones announced she will retire as president of California University of Pennsylvania in January. Jones was named acting president of the university in 2012, after serving for nearly four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. She was named interim president in 2013 and served in the role for three years before being named as the permanent president. Jones first came to California University of Pennsylvania in 1974 as the director of the Upward Bound program.

Jones holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from California University of Pennsylvania.

Gay Barzee, a budget analyst for the Office of Budget and Planning at Boise State University in Idaho, will be retiring on June 26 after nearly 23 years of service to the university. Barzee has been an employee at Boise State since September 1997 and has worked in Student Housing and the College of Applied Technology in addition to the Office of Budget and Planning.

Barzee holds an associate’s degree from Boise State University.

Barbara Broome, dean of the College of Nursing and holder of the Henderson Memorial Endowed Chair at Kent State University in Ohio, is retiring on June 30 after more than six years as dean. Earlier in her career, Dr. Broome was associate dean and chair of the department of community-mental health at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing.

Dr. Broome holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing at Kent State University. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lorna Jean Edmonds has announced her intent to retire as Ohio University’s Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies, effective August 15. Dr. Edmonds has served as the vice provost, the director of the Center for International Studies, and professor in the College of Health Sciences and Professions since 2013.

Dr. Edmunds is a graduate of Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Ottawa. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia in England.

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