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Sisters Earn the First Two Doctorates in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Sisters Earn the First Two Doctorates in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Both recipients of the doctoral degrees in educational leadership in higher education are employees of the university. Both are in their 60s and they are sisters.

Marjorie Hass to Be the First Woman President of Rhodes College in Memphis

Marjorie Hass to Be the First Woman President of Rhodes College in Memphis

Since 2009, Dr. Hass has been serving as president of Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She also serves as chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She will become the first woman president in the 168-year history of Rhodes College on July 1.

The American Philosophical Society Elects its First Woman President

The American Philosophical Society Elects its First Woman President

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is the first woman to serve as president in the 273-year history of the American Philosophical Society.

The First Woman President of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin

The First Woman President of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Sara Ray Stoelinga currently serves as the Sara Liston Spurlark Director of the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago. Dr. Stoelinga also serves as a professor in the Urban Teacher Education Program at the university. She will become president of Carroll University in July 2017.

University Student Is the Youngest Person Ever Elected to the Florida Legislature

University Student Is the Youngest Person Ever Elected to the Florida Legislature

Amber Mariano is a senior majoring in political science at the University of Central Florida. In November, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

The First Woman President of Utah State University

The First Woman President of Utah State University

Since 2013, Dr. Cockett has served as executive vice president and provost at the university. From 2006 to 2013, she was vice president for extension and agriculture. From 2002 to 2013, Dr. Cockett was dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

Wheaton College Professor Is a Member of the 50 State Marathon Club

Wheaton College Professor Is a Member of the 50 State Marathon Club

Annette Tomal, an associate professor of business and economics at Wheaton College in Illinois, recently completed a 26.2-mile marathon in Pocatello, Idaho. She has now completed running a marathon in all 50 states.

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon Named the Next President of Wilmington University in Delaware

LaVerne Harmon is currently executive vice president at Wilmington University. When she takes office on July 1, she will become the first African American woman to serve as president of a university in the state of Delaware.

Meet One of the Nation's Youngest Physicians

Meet One of the Nation’s Youngest Physicians

Ola Hadaya recently entered the medical residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At age 21, she is one of the youngest physicians in the United States.

Two Women Musicians Earn Milestone Appointments at Major Universities

Two Women Musicians Earn Milestone Appointments at Major Universities

Elizabeth Kerns McCann of the University of Minnesota is the first woman to direct a marching band in the Big 10 Conference and newly appointed Erin Cooper of the University of Missouri is the only woman director of a marching band in the 14-member Southeastern Conference.

The First Woman to Chair the Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

The First Woman to Chair the Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Cynthia Shapira will chair the board of governors that oversees the operations of 14 state universities that combined enroll more than 100,000 students. She is a trustee at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Women's College Graduate Named to the Minnesota Supreme Court

Women’s College Graduate Named to the Minnesota Supreme Court

Anne McKeig, a graduate of Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, was appointed an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Minnesota is now one of only two states where women make up a majority of the justices on the state’s highest court. She is also the first American Indian justice to serve on Minnesota’s highest court.

A Milestone Appointment at Christ's College of the University of Cambridge

A Milestone Appointment at Christ’s College of the University of Cambridge

Jane Stapleton was named the 38th master of Christ’s College of Cambridge University. She is the first woman to lead Christ’s College since its founding in 1505. She is the former Ernest E. Smith Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mississippi State Scholar Is the First Woman to Receive a Prestigious Award in the Geosciences

Mississippi State Scholar Is the First Woman to Receive a Prestigious Award in the Geosciences

Brenda Kirkland, associate professor of geosciences at Mississippi State University, received the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award at the annual convention of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in Calgary, Alberta.

Women Now Hold the Top Three Leadership Positions at the National Science Foundation

Women Now Hold the Top Three Leadership Positions at the National Science Foundation

Maria Zuber, the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and vice president for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was elected chair of the National Science Board and Diane Souvaine, a professor of computer science and vice provost for research at Tufts University, was elected vice chair.

Emory University in Atlanta Chooses Its First Woman President

Emory University in Atlanta Chooses Its First Woman President

Since 2013, Dr. Claire E. Sterk has been serving as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory. A native of The Netherlands, Dr. Sterk joined the faculty at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory in 1995.

Jo Ann Rooney Will Be the First Woman President of Loyola University of Chicago

Jo Ann Rooney Will Be the First Woman President of Loyola University of Chicago

Dr. Rooney has served as senior adviser to the Secretary of Defense. Earlier in her career, Dr. Rooney was president of Spaulding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts.

Law School Dean Completes the Boston Marathon in Her Eighth Month of Pregnancy

Law School Dean Completes the Boston Marathon in Her Eighth Month of Pregnancy

Jocelyn Benson, dean of the Wayne University Law School in Detroit, is expecting her first child on June 4. On April 18, Dr. Benson, with the approval of her doctor, competed in and finished the Boston Marathon.

Woman Graduates From College 67 Years After Earning Her High School Diploma

Woman Graduates From College 67 Years After Earning Her High School Diploma

Last month, Rosemarie Howerton earned a bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She earned her bachelor’s degree 67 years after graduating from high school. Howerton will celebrate her 86th birthday on January 20.

The First Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Miami

The First Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Miami

Negin Arhami, a native of Tehran, Iran, received a Ph.D. in computer science on December 17 from the University of Miami. She is the first woman in history to earn a Ph.D. in computer science at the university.

For the First Time in History There Are Three Sisters in Different Classes at CalTech

For the First Time in History There Are Three Sisters in Different Classes at CalTech

The Butkovich family from Blue Springs, Missouri, currently has three daughters attending the California Institute of Technology. The university says that it is the first time in CalTech history that three sisters have been enrolled in three different classes at the same time.

The First Woman President of Kilgore College in Texas

The First Woman President of Kilgore College in Texas

Dr. Brenda Kays has served as vice president for student learning and success at Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina and as dean of instructional services and chief academic officer at Vernon College in Texas.

Oceanographer, Eight Months Pregnant, Commands Ship Expedition From Shore

Oceanographer, Eight Months Pregnant, Commands Ship Expedition From Shore

Melissa Omand, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island, recently led an ocean expedition through “telepresence” technology from shore when she was eight months pregnant and unable to travel.

Defiance College in Ohio Selects Its First Woman President

Defiance College in Ohio Selects Its First Woman President

This coming January, Richanne C. Mankey will become the first woman president in the 165-year history of Defiance College in Ohio. She has been serving as vice president for institutional advancement at Daemen College in Amherst, New York.

A Milestone Appointment for Women in Collegiate Athletics

A Milestone Appointment for Women in Collegiate Athletics

Judy MacLeod, the former director of athletics at the University of Tulsa, was named commissioner of Conference USA. She is the first woman commissioner of a conference that fields teams from universities competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Football Bowl Subdivision.

Mary Way Bolt Named President of Cecil College in Maryland

Mary Way Bolt Named President of Cecil College in Maryland

Dr. Bolt She has been serving as interim president since November 2014. Previously, she was vice president for academic programs. She has served on the faculty and/or the administrative staff at the college since 1990. Dr. Bolt will be the college’s first woman president.

Auburn University Professor Emerita Is the New Leader of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Auburn University Professor Emerita Is the New Leader of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Dr. Evelyn F. Crayton was a professor of nutrition dietetics, and hospitality management and assistant director of extension family and consumer sciences at Auburn University in Alabama. Dr. Crayton is the organization’s 90th leader and the first African American to hold the post.

Ardis Hoven Is the First Woman Chair of the World Medical Association

Ardis Hoven Is the First Woman Chair of the World Medical Association

Dr. Hoven will serve a two-year term as head of the organization that represents 111 medical associations worldwide. She is a professor emerita at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine and past president of the American Medical Association.

Louise Richardson Will Be the First Woman to Lead Oxford University

Louise Richardson Will Be the First Woman to Lead Oxford University

Irish-born Louise Richardson, who earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in the United States, will become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

The First Woman Chancellor of the Florida College System

The First Woman Chancellor of the Florida College System

Madeline M. Pumariega was appointed chancellor of the Florida College System. The system serves more than 800,000 students at 28 colleges throughout the state of Florida. When she takes office in September, she will be the first woman to hold the position.

Sandra Starnes to Be the First Woman President of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association

Sandra Starnes to Be the First Woman President of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association

Dr. Starnes holds the John B. Fledge Chair in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She also serves as co-director of the Comprehensive Lung Care Center at the university.

U.S. Educated Soonja Choe Is the New President of Inha University in Korea

U.S. Educated Soonja Choe Is the New President of Inha University in Korea

Soonja Choe is the new president of Inha University in South Korea. She is the first woman president in the 61-year history of the university. Dr. Choe earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California.

Jennifer Chen to Be the Youngest Graduate of the Florida International University College of Medicine

Jennifer Chen to Be the Youngest Graduate of the Florida International University College of Medicine

Jennifer Chen never graduated from high school. After finishing ninth grade, she enrolled at California State University, Los Angeles at the age of 14. This spring, Chen will be youngest person to graduate from the medical school at Florida International University.

The First Woman to Lead the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets

The First Woman to Lead the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets

Alyssa Marie Michalke of Schulenburg, Texas, will take over as Commander of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University at the end of the spring semester. She will be the first woman to the lead the Corps of Cadets its 139-year history.

The First Woman President of La Salle University in Philadelphia

The First Woman President of La Salle University in Philadelphia

Colleen M. Hanycz has been serving as head of Brescia University College, a women’s college in London, Ontario, that is affiliated with the Catholic Church. She had held this post since 2008.