Two Women College Presidents Have Announced They Are Stepping Down

Cynthia Warrick, president of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the first woman to hold the position, has announced that she will retire from the presidency at the end of her current contract term on June 30, 2023. Dr. Warrick was named interim president in January 2017 and was elevated to president later that year.

Before becoming interim president at Stillman, Dr. Warrick had been serving as a senior fellow at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and as president of the Society for Diversity in the Biomedical Sciences, based in Houston, Texas. Earlier in her career, Dr. Warrick taught at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Howard University in Washington, D.C., Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, and the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

Dr. Warrick is a graduate of Howard University, where she majored in pharmacy. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a doctorate in environmental science and public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Hilary Link, president of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, since 2019, has announced today that she is stepping down from her position for personal and professional considerations.

“We are grateful to Dr. Link for her contributions at Allegheny College, and that she will continue to support the college through the coming leadership transition,” said Steven D. Levinsky, chair of the college’s board of trustees. “The impact of her leadership has been significant particularly given the challenges being placed on higher education at this time, combined with most of her tenure taking place during a global pandemic.”

From 2013 to 2019, Dr. Link was dean of Temple University Rome. Dr. Link is a graduate of Stanford University where she double majored in art history and Italian. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in Italian language and literature from Yale University.

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