Nicola Pitchford Will Be the Next President of Dominican University of California

Nicola Pitchford has been named the 10th president of Dominican University of California in San Rafael. She will begin her tenure as president on July 1,

Dominican University enrolls 1,460 undergraduate students and just over 400 graduate students, according to the latest U.S. Department of Education data. Women make up 69 percent of the undergraduate student body.

“I’m delighted and honored,” Dr. Pitchford said. “This is not an easy time for higher education in general, and small colleges specifically. But I have absolute faith that Dominican is taking the right approach to serving the students who will, in turn, transform this country over the coming decades.”

Dr. Pitchford came to Dominican University in 2011 after teaching at Fordham University in New York. She currently serves as vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty, and as a professor of English. Professor Pitchford is the author of Tactical Readings: Feminist Postmodernism in the Novels of Kathy Acker and Angela Carter (Bucknell University Press, 2001).

A native of the United Kingdom, Professor Pitchford came to the United States as a teenager. She is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she majored in English and creative writing. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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