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Duke University Scholar Heading Home to Pakistan to Take a Milestone Appointment

Duke University Scholar Heading Home to Pakistan to Take a Milestone Appointment

Dr. Zainab Samad, who has been an associate professor of internal medicine at Duke University, will be the first woman, the first graduate of the medical school, and the youngest chair in the history of the department of medicine at Aga Khan University in Pakistan.

Brandy Gunsolus Is the First Holder of a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science Degree

Brandy Gunsolus Is the First Holder of a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science Degree

Rutgers University launched the new degree program in 2014 to address an ongoing need for greater accuracy and cost efficiency in laboratory testing. It is the first doctoral program in the field at any university in the nation and Dr. Gunsolus is its first graduate.

Martha Burger Will Be the First Woman President of Oklahoma City University

Martha Burger Will Be the First Woman President of Oklahoma City University

Burger is the former senior vice president of human and corporate resources at Chesapeake Energy Corporation and is the co-founder of Amethyst Investments. She has served on the university’s board of trustees since 2008 and had chaired the audit and finance committees.

A Milestone Honor for Julie Fairman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

A Milestone Honor for Julie Fairman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Julie Fairman, the Nightingale Professor in honor of Nursing Veterans and chair of the department of biobehavioral health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, is the first nurse to be selected to give the Garrison Lecture before the annual convention of the American Association for the History of Medicine.

Lily McNair Will Be the First Woman President of Tuskegee University in Alabama

Lily McNair Will Be the First Woman President of Tuskegee University in Alabama

Dr. McNair has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. Before becoming provost in 2011, Dr. McNair was associate provost for research and a professor of psychology at Spelman College in Atlanta.

College of William and Mary to Honor Its First Women Students

College of William and Mary to Honor Its First Women Students

The marble plaque will contain the names of 24 women who enrolled at the college in 1918. At that time, the College of William and Mary became the first state-operated university in Virginia to admit women.

Janet Levit Will Be the First Woman Provost at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma

Janet Levit Will Be the First Woman Provost at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma

Since January 2017, Professor Levit has served as vice president for strategic initiatives at the University of Tulsa. Previously, she was dean of College of Law at the university. She was the first woman to serve in that position.

The First Woman President of California State University, Bakersfield

The First Woman President of California State University, Bakersfield

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State University in California. She has served in that role since 2014. Dr. Zelezny joined the psychology department faculty at Fresno State in 1988.

The First Woman to Lead the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at the Citadel

The First Woman to Lead the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at the Citadel

The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, admitted its first group of students in 1843. No women were allowed to enroll until 1995. Now, for the first time, the leader of the corps of cadets is a woman.

The First All-Woman Class at the Cornell University Farrier Program

The First All-Woman Class at the Cornell University Farrier Program

The Cornell Farrier Program was founded in 1914. It trains its students in the practice of horse shoeing as part of Cornell’s land grant mission. The program did not admit its first woman student until 1972.

The First Woman President of Peirce College in Philadelphia

The First Woman President of Peirce College in Philadelphia

Mary Ellen Caro has been serving as vice president of enrollment management at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. She has served on the staff there since 2004. When Dr. Caro takes office, she will be the first woman to serve as president in the 153-year history of Peirce College.

Lorraine Sterritt to Be the First Woman President of Saint Michael's College in Vermont

Lorraine Sterritt to Be the First Woman President of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont

Since June 2014, Dr. Sterritt has served as president of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Earlier, she served as dean for administration and as a professor of French literature at Harvard College. A native of Ireland, Dr. Sterritt holds a Ph.D. in French from Princeton University.

Ruth V. Watkins Selected as the Next President of the University of Utah

Ruth V. Watkins Selected as the Next President of the University of Utah

When she takes office this spring, Dr. Watkins will be the first woman to serve as the permanent president of the University of Utah in its 168-year history. Since 2013, Dr. Watkins has served as the senior vice president for academic affairs at the university after a 20-year career at the University of Illinois.

Former Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss to Direct the Rhodes Trust

Former Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss to Direct the Rhodes Trust

Elizabeth Kiss, the former president of Agnes Scott College, was named Warden of Rhodes House at the University of Oxford in England. In this role, she will be the director of the Rhodes Trust which administers the Rhodes Scholarship program. Dr. Kiss will be the first woman to serve in this post.

Deborah Curtis Will Be the First Woman President of Indiana State University

Deborah Curtis Will Be the First Woman President of Indiana State University

Since 2012, Dr. Curtis has been serving as provost at the University of Central Missouri in Warrenburg. Earlier she served on the faculty of Illinois State University for 26 years and also was dean of the College of Education.

Anna Maria Nápoles Named to a Key Post at the National Institutes of Health

Anna Maria Nápoles Named to a Key Post at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Nápoles has been a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 2001. She is the first Latina to be named a scientific director at the National Institutes of Health.

Garnett Stokes Will Be the First Woman President of the University of New Mexico

Garnett Stokes Will Be the First Woman President of the University of New Mexico

Since February 2015, Dr. Stokes has been serving as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Before joining the administration at the University of Missouri she was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University.

The First Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the State of South Dakota

The First Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the State of South Dakota

Wenzhao Wei is not only the first woman, but the first person, to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the state of South Dakota. She earned her degree in the joint program of the University of South Dakota and the South Dakota School of Mining and Technology.

Connie Ledoux Book to Be the First Woman President of Elon University in North Carolina

Connie Ledoux Book to Be the First Woman President of Elon University in North Carolina

Dr. Book is no stranger to Elon University. She joined the faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor of communications. Dr. Book left Elon in 2015 to become the first woman provost at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

For the First Time, Women Are a Majority of First-Year Students at Carnegie Mellon University

For the First Time, Women Are a Majority of First-Year Students at Carnegie Mellon University

This year, there are 857 women in the entering class at Carnegie Mellon University. They make up 51.1 percent of the entering class. Four years ago in 2013, women made up 44 percent of first-year students.This is a significant milestone for a university that awards a majority of its degrees in STEM disciplines.

Sarah Mailhiot's Milestone Achievement at Montana State University

Sarah Mailhiot’s Milestone Achievement at Montana State University

Until now no woman had ever earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Montana State University. Sarah Mailhiot, whose doctoral research involved finding better ways to diagnose osteoarthritis using magnetic resonance imaging, is the first woman to do so. She is now conducting research in Sweden as a Whitaker Scholar.

The First Woman President of Eureka College in Illinois

The First Woman President of Eureka College in Illinois

Jamel Santa Cruze Wright has been serving as interim president of the college since July 2016. Dr. Wright first came to Eureka College in 2014 as chief diversity officer and vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives.

Tonjua Williams Will Be the First Woman President of St. Petersburg College in Florida

Tonjua Williams Will Be the First Woman President of St. Petersburg College in Florida

Dr. Williams has been on the staff at the college for 30 years. Since 2013, she has served as senior vice president of student services. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Barry University in Miami.

The First Naval ROTC Graduate in the 128-Year History of Barnard College

The First Naval ROTC Graduate in the 128-Year History of Barnard College

Kelsey Lynch, who graduated from Barnard with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, completed the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. This September, Lynch will begin her six-year term of naval service at the Aviation Pre-Flight Indoctrination facility in Pensacola, Florida.

The First Woman Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

The First Woman Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

Since 2015, Dr. Christ has served as director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education and interim executive vice chancellor and provost at Berkeley. From 2002 to 2013, Dr. Christ was president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The First Woman Dean of Yale Law School

The First Woman Dean of Yale Law School

Professor Heather Gerken is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale and is the director of the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project. When she takes office on July 1, she will become the 17th person and the first woman to hold the position as dean of Yale Law School.

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.