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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.