Five Women From the Academic World Who Are Stepping Down From Their Posts

Jane Fernandez, the ninth president of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, announced that she will retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. She became the first woman president of the college in 2014. From 2008 to 2014,  Dr. Fernandes served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is the former provost at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fernandes was born deaf.

Dr. Fernandes is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Iowa.

Kim Kloeppel associate director for finance and administration in the Student Affairs Division at the University of New Mexico is retiring after a quarter century at the university. Dr. Kloeppel’s career at the university began in Student Health and Counseling where she worked for 10 years as the department’s program manager and associate director.

Dr. Kloeppel earned a bachelor’s degree, a master of public administration degree, and a doctorate in organizational learning and instructional technology at the University of New Mexico.

Claire Kaplan, director of the Sexual Assault Education Office at the Women’s Center of the University of Virginia has retired. She joined the staff at the university in 1991. She also taught the course “Gender Violence & Social Justice” and a study-abroad class, “Women in Central America: Local Activism in Global Context.”

Dr. Kaplan is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. She holds a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in women’s studies from the University of Virginia.

Lynn M. Morgan, the Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, has retired. Her research focuses on issues including global health, the anthropology of gender and sexualities, and reproductive governance in Latin America. Professor Morgan is the author of Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos (University of California Press, 2009).

Dr. Morgan joined the Mount Holyoke faculty in 1987. She is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California.

Karen Hammond, student support manager for the department of chemistry at Boise State University in Idaho, has retired. During her tenure at Boise State, she has served as a lecturer, lab instructor, advisor, and student advocate.

Hammond is a 1976 graduate of Boise State University, where she majored in chemistry.

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