Kathleen Harring Is the Thirteenth President of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania

In June 2019, Kathleen E. Harring was named interim president of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In January 2020, the board of trustees extended her interim appointment for two years. Now the board has made the appointment of Dr. Harring as permanent president of the college. She is the thirteenth president in the college’s history.

Muhlenberg College enrolls just over 2,300 undergraduate students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. Women make up 61 percent of the student body.

Dr. Harring previously served as provost and has been a faculty member in the department of psychology since 1984. Before being named provost in 2017, Dr. Harring served as vice president and dean of institutional effectiveness and planning, dean of institutional assessment and academic planning, and chair of the psychology department.

Dr. Harring is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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