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Nine New Women Deans at Colleges and Universities Throughout the United States

Nine New Women Deans at Colleges and Universities Throughout the United States

The nine women deans are: Claire Garcia at Colorado College, Rachel Kyte at Tufts, Susan Catron at the University of California, Davis, Laura Vandeburgh at the University of Oregon, Susan Lozier at Georgia Tech, Gennifer Weisenfeld at Duke, Stephanie Gray at Montana State University, Nicole Pennington at Ohio University, and Wendi S. Williams at Mills College in Oakland.

Rebecca Wyke Appointed President of the University of Maine at Augusta

Rebecca Wyke Appointed President of the University of Maine at Augusta

Since 2017, Dr. Wyke has been serving as interim president of the Augusta campus. Earlier, she was vice chancellor for finance and administration for the University of Maine System. Prior to joining the University of Maine System, Dr. Wyke was the commissioner of the Department of Administration and Finance for the state of Maine.

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Selected to Serve as Deans

A Half Dozen Women Who Have Been Selected to Serve as Deans

The new deans are Verna L. Williams at the University of Cincinnati, Melanie Stein at Ithaca College in New York, Denise Rush as Boston Architectural College, Alexis Abramson at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Janis Terpenney at the University of Tennessee, and Beth McNeil at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Simmons University in Boston Launches a Leadership Institute For Women

Simmons University in Boston Launches a Leadership Institute For Women

The new institute will continue the university’s success in developing empowered women leaders. Susan MacKenty Brady has been named the managing director of the leadership institute.

Carol Folt Will Be the Next President of the University of Southern California

Carol Folt Will Be the Next President of the University of Southern California

Dr. Folt left the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this past January after taking the bold and controversial step of removing the pedestal for a Confederate monument from a main entrance to the campus. She became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in July 2013.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson Named as the Next Leader of the University of Texas at El Paso

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson Named as the Next Leader of the University of Texas at El Paso

Since May 2017, Dr. Wilson has been Secretary of the United States Air Force. Earlier in her career, she was president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. From 1998 to 2009, Dr. Wilson served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico.

Deborah Fox Chosen as the Next President of Highlands Community College in Kansas

Deborah Fox Chosen as the Next President of Highlands Community College in Kansas

Fox currently serves as the director of business operations and management for the public school district in Independence, Kansas. Earlier in her career she was vice president for finance and operations at Highlands Community College.

Two Women Scholars Among the Five Finalists for President of Boise State University in Idaho

Two Women Scholars Among the Five Finalists for President of Boise State University in Idaho

Susan E. Borrego is currently chancellor and a professor in the School of Education and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Flint and Marlene Tromp is provost, executive vice chancellor, and a professor of literature and critical race and ethnicity studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Carol Folt Announces She Is Stepping Down as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carol Folt Announces She Is Stepping Down as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The resignation announcement was made while the University of North Carolina System’s board of governors was in an emergency session meeting on “issues related to UNC-Chapel Hill’s leadership,” according to board chair Harry L. Smith Jr. The board was not notified in advance of Chancellor Folt’s decision.

Kimberly Ballard-Washington Selected to Lead Savannah State University in Georgia

Kimberly Ballard-Washington Selected to Lead Savannah State University in Georgia

Ballard-Washington currently serves as associate vice chancellor for legal affairs for the University System of Georgia. Ballard-Washington will become interim president on July 1 upon the retirement of Cheryl Davenport Dozier. Dr. Dozier had led Savannah State University since 2011.

Kelli Armstrong Will Be the Eighth President of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island

Kelli Armstrong Will Be the Eighth President of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island

Dr. Armstrong currently serves as vice president for planning and assessment at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. When she takes office in July, Dr. Armstrong will be the first leader of Salve Regina University who is not a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy.

Joan Neff Is the New Leader of the West Virginia Institute of Technology

Joan Neff Is the New Leader of the West Virginia Institute of Technology

Dr. Neff was appointed provost at the university campus this past spring and she will continue to serve in that role. Before coming to the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Dr. Neff had been serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Shirley Ann Jackson to Remain as President at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Until at Least June 2022

Shirley Ann Jackson to Remain as President at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Until at Least June 2022

Dr. Jackson was chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 to 1999. She then left government service to take over as the 18th president of RPI in 1999. Dr. Jackson usually ranks at or near the top in rankings of the highest-paid college presidents in the country.

A Change in Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

A Change in Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Beverly A. Kopper, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has announced that she will step down after the university raised allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband. Cheryl Green, vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, was named interim chancellor.

The New Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina

The New Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina

Karrie Gibson Dixon has been serving as interim chancellor since April 2018. Before coming to Elizabeth City State University in 2017, Dr. Dixon was a senior administrator for the University of North Carolina System. Most recently, she was vice president for academic and student affairs.

A Strong Vote of Confidence for Swarthmore College President Valerie Smith

A Strong Vote of Confidence for Swarthmore College President Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith, who took office as the 15th president of highly rated Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania on July 1, 2015, has had her contract extended through 2025. Before becoming president of Swarthmore College, Dr. Smith was dean of the college and the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University.

Nine Faculty Members Named Women's Leadership Fellows at the University of Georgia

Nine Faculty Members Named Women’s Leadership Fellows at the University of Georgia

Throughout the year-long program, the fellows will attend monthly meetings to learn from senior administrators on campus as well as visiting speakers from academia, business, and other fields. Additionally, the program features a concluding weekend retreat for a more in-depth study of leadership.

Melinda Treadwell Appointed the Eleventh President of Keene State College in New Hampshire

Melinda Treadwell Appointed the Eleventh President of Keene State College in New Hampshire

Dr. Treadwell has been serving in the role of interim president since July 2017. Before being named interim president, Dr. Treadwell had been serving since 2014 as provost and CEO at Antioch New England University also in Keene, New Hampshire. Previously, she was interim provost at Keene State College.

Patricia Sims Named President of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College In Alabama

Patricia Sims Named President of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College In Alabama

Dr. Sims has 25 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. Most recently, she was the dean of the College of Education at Athens State University in Alabama. Before that, she was the director of student services management and dean of instructional and student services at Drake State.

Vanderbilt Leaders Collaborate to Address Key Issues Facing Women Staff

Vanderbilt Leaders Collaborate to Address Key Issues Facing Women Staff

Administrative leaders at Vanderbilt University have partnered together to establish a collaborative approach to study and address key issues facing women on the university’s staff.

The New Leader of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

The New Leader of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

Regina Favors has been serving as president and CEO of Pinnacle Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. Previously, she had worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has taught as an adjunct professor at Arkansas Baptist College.

Feng Youmei Is the  First Woman Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University

Feng Youmei Is the First Woman Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University

Duke Kunshan University was founded six years ago. After only holding graduate classes for four years, the university enrolled its first cohort of undergraduate students in August. Feng Youmei, who has been a visiting scholar at Ohio State University in the past, is the first woman to lead Duke Kushan University.

Mary Romero Takes Over as President of the American Sociological Association

Mary Romero Takes Over as President of the American Sociological Association

Dr. Romero is a professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 1995. Previously, she taught at the University of Oregon, San Francisco State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Ann E. Harrison to Be the Next Dean of Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley

Ann E. Harrison to Be the Next Dean of Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley

Currently, Dr. Harrison is the William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management and professor of business economics and public policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the faculty at Wharton in 2012, Dr. Harrison was director of development policy at the World Bank.

Paula McClain Will Lead the American Political Science Association

Paula McClain Will Lead the American Political Science Association

Paula D. McClain, dean of the Graduate School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has been named the next president of the American Political Science Association. She will serve as president-elect for the 2018-2019 academic year and then as president for the following year.

Marion Fedrick Appointed President of Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick Appointed President of Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick has served as interim president since January. Before being named interim president, Fedrick had been serving as interim executive vice president at Albany State. Earlier, she was vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia.

Kilgore College's First Woman President Has Her Contract Extended for Five Years

Kilgore College’s First Woman President Has Her Contract Extended for Five Years

Dr. Kays was appointed as the educational institution’s ninth president in 2016. She is the first woman to serve as president in the college’s history. In the past, the college had only given its president two-year deals.

Wanda Austin Is the New Leader of the University of Southern California

Wanda Austin Is the New Leader of the University of Southern California

From 2008 to 2016, Dr. Austin was president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the application of science and technology relating to the nation’s space program. She was the first woman and the first African American to serve as CEO of the organization since its founding in 1961.

Karrin Wilks to Lead the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City

Karrin Wilks to Lead the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City

Dr. Wilks has been serving as senior vice president and provost at the college since 2014 and has been with the City University of New York for eight years. Earlier, Dr. Wilks was senior vice president at Vermont State Colleges. She will become interim president of the CUNY campus on September 1.

The New President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn

The New President of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn

A native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Claudia V. Schrader was appointed president of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Schrader has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic and student success at Bronx Community College.

Rachelle Karstens Appointed the Eleventh President of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa

Rachelle Karstens Appointed the Eleventh President of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa

President Karstens came to Briar Cliff University in May 2017 as chief of staff to the university’s president. When the university’s president resigned two months later, Karstens was named interim president. She has now been appointed to the position on a permanent basis.

Karen Lawrence Appointed President of the Huntington Library in California

Karen Lawrence Appointed President of the Huntington Library in California

Karen Lawrence, who served as president of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, for 10 years, has been named president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. She is the former dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine.

Donna H. Oliver Named Provost at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida

Donna H. Oliver Named Provost at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Oliver is the former president of Mississippi Valley State University. Earlier, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Edward Waters College and vice president for academic affairs at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has also been on the faculty at Elon University in North Carolina.

Brown University's Meenakshi Narain to Take Leadership Post With the Large Hadron Collider

Brown University’s Meenakshi Narain to Take Leadership Post With the Large Hadron Collider

Meenakshi Narain, professor of physics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has been selected to lead the collaboration board for U.S. institutions participating in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. She is the first woman to hold the position.

Claudine Gay Named Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University

Claudine Gay Named Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University

Dr. Gay is the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies and is the founding chair of Harvard’s Inequality in America Initiative. She joined the faculty in 2006 and has served as dean of social science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 2015.