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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.

Pareena Lawrence Named the 12th President of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia

Pareena Lawrence Named the 12th President of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia

Dr. Lawrence is the provost and chief academic officer at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Earlier in her career, she was a professor of economics and management and chair of the division of social sciences at the University of Minnesota at Morris.

Lynn Babington to Lead Fairfield University in Connecticut

Lynn Babington to Lead Fairfield University in Connecticut

Dr. Babington will become interim president on January 1 and is expected to serve until the end of the academic year. Since 2014, she has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the university. She previously served on the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston.

For the First Time, Men to Be Admitted to Residential Programs at Mary Baldwin University

For the First Time, Men to Be Admitted to Residential Programs at Mary Baldwin University

Throughout its 175 year history, only women were permitted to live on campus at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. Now the university has announced that men will be admitted to three fast-track degree programs that will allow them to live on campus. Opposition to the plan quickly materialized.

The Next Chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris

The Next Chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris

Since 2014, Michelle Behr has been serving as provost, senior vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the college at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama. Earlier, she was dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

In March, Debora Spar Will Step Down as President of Barnard College

In March, Debora Spar Will Step Down as President of Barnard College

Dr. Spar, who has led the highly rated liberal arts college for women in New York City since 2008, has agreed to become president and chief executive officer of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Beverly Davenport Named Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Beverly Davenport Named Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Since July, Dr. Davenport has been serving as the interim president of the University of Cincinnati. In July 2013, she was appointed senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Cincinnati. She will begin her new duties at the University of Tennessee on March 1.

The Next Chancellor of the University of Hawai'i West O'ahu in Kapolei

The Next Chancellor of the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu in Kapolei

Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham has been serving as the dean of the School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. From 1994 to 2008, she served on the education department faculty at Michigan State University.

Women Continue to Hold a Large Lead in Higher Education Enrollments

Women Continue to Hold a Large Lead in Higher Education Enrollments

The figures from the U.S. Department of Education show that during the 2014-15 academic year there were 15,562,317 women enrolled in higher education compared to 11,823,958 men. Thus, women made up 56.8 percent of all enrolled students.

The Next President of Saint Xavier University in Chicago

The Next President of Saint Xavier University in Chicago

Dr. Laurie Joyner served as the president of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, from 2012 to 2015. Prior to joining Wittenberg in 2012, Dr. Joyner served in a number of senior administrative positions, including provost, at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Jennifer Orlikoff Named President of Potomac State College in West Virginia

Jennifer Orlikoff Named President of Potomac State College in West Virginia

Jennifer Orlikoff has been serving in the post on an interim basis since July 1. Previously, she was an associate professor of French and director of the Center for Women and Gender Studies at West Virginia University’s flagship campus in Morgantown.

Danielle Allen Named University Professor at Harvard University

Danielle Allen Named University Professor at Harvard University

Danielle Allen was appointed the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, effective January 1. This is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member at Harvard. Currently there are 24 University Professors at Harvard. Five are women.

Martha E. Pollack to Be the 14th President of Cornell University

Martha E. Pollack to Be the 14th President of Cornell University

Dr. Pollack will also hold a tenured faculty position in the departments of computer science and information science at Cornell. She has served as provost at the University of Michigan since 2013. Professor Pollack has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 2000.

President of Middlebury College to Lead the American Academy of Religion

President of Middlebury College to Lead the American Academy of Religion

With more than 9,000 members, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the critical study of religion. Dr. Patton will serve one year as vice president, one year as president-elect, and then in 2018 will become president of the organization.

Two Women Scholars Among the Five Inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows

Two Women Scholars Among the Five Inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows

Mona Jarrahi is an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles and Joanna Slusky is an assistant professor of molecular biosciences and computational biology at the University of Kansas. Each will receive $825,000 over the next three years to support their research.

Persis Drell Will Be the Next Provost at Stanford University

Persis Drell Will Be the Next Provost at Stanford University

Dr. Drell has been serving a dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford since 2014. Earlier, she was the director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. She will begin her new duties as provost on February 1.

Two Women Scholars Chosen to Lead National Organizations

Two Women Scholars Chosen to Lead National Organizations

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan of the University of Kansas, was chosen as the 2017 Global Chair of the Women in Engineering Committee of the Institute of Engineering and Electronics Engineers. Lisa Kachnic, chair of radiation oncology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was elected president of the American Board of Radiology.

The Next President of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania

The Next President of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania

Dr. Jacquelyn Fetrow currently serves as vice president of academic affairs at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Earlier, she was the Reynolds Professor of Computational Physics at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The University of Saint Joseph to Consider Transitioning to Co-Education

The University of Saint Joseph to Consider Transitioning to Co-Education

The University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut. Since its founding, full-time undergraduate programs have been restricted to women. Now a task force has been convened to examine whether the college should admit men to its full-time undergraduate programs.

Gwendolyn Boyd Suspended as President of Alabama State University

Gwendolyn Boyd Suspended as President of Alabama State University

By a vote of 8-6, the board of trustees of Alabama State University voted to suspend Gwendolyn Boyd from her position as president of the university. President Boyd was charged with “failure to maintain the confidence of the board.”

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.

Two Women Academics Elected to Lead National Organizations

Two Women Academics Elected to Lead National Organizations

Mary M. Case, professor and university librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been elected president of the Association of Research Libraries and Lora Lee Howard, a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agent, has been named president-elect of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Carolyn Meyers Announces Her Resignation as President of Jackson State University in Mississippi

Carolyn Meyers Announces Her Resignation as President of Jackson State University in Mississippi

A year ago, Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University, had her contract extended for another four years. Now, she has resigned after it was revealed that the university’s financial situation has deteriorated.

The Next President of Central Connecticut State University

The Next President of Central Connecticut State University

Zulma R. Toro is executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has held this post since 2013. And since July she has been serving as interim chancellor of the university. She will begin her new duties at Central Connecticut State University on January 3.

Barbara Ransby Elected President of the National Women's Studies Association

Barbara Ransby Elected President of the National Women’s Studies Association

Barbara Ransby is the Distinguished Professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her two-year term as president will begin at the conclusion of the association’s annual conference in Montreal in November.

Kimberly Gold Named President of Robeson Community College in North Carolina

Kimberly Gold Named President of Robeson Community College in North Carolina

Dr. Gold has been serving as executive vice president and chief academic officer at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, North Carolina. She has been on the faculty at Isothermal Community College since 1995.

The Next Leader of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The Next Leader of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Kelly Quintanilla was appointed interim president of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She will assume her new duties on January 1, upon the retirement of current university president Flavius Killebrew. Currently, she is provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Tara J. Schapmire to Serve as President of the Association of Oncology Social Work

Tara J. Schapmire to Serve as President of the Association of Oncology Social Work

Tara J. Schapmire is an assistant professor of general internal medicine at the School of Medicine of the University of Louisville. She also is an affiliated faculty member at the university’s School of Social Work. She will serve one-year as president-elect and then become president of the organization in January 2018.

A Change in Leadership at the College of New Rochelle in New York

A Change in Leadership at the College of New Rochelle in New York

Judith Huntington, president of the newly co-educational College of New Rochelle in New York, resigned her position on October 15. The board of trustees cited “umet financial obligations” as a reason for the president’s resignation. Provost Dorothy Escribano was named interim president.

The New President of the International Primatological Society

The New President of the International Primatological Society

Karen Strier is the Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology and the Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1982, Professor Strier has been conducting research on the northern muriqui monkey in Brazil. It is one of the world’s most critically endangered primates.

Missy Hopper of Mississippi State University to Lead Phi Kappa Phi

Missy Hopper of Mississippi State University to Lead Phi Kappa Phi

The honor society was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. It is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been inducted into the honorary society.

Lisa Coico Resigns as President of City College of New York

Lisa Coico Resigns as President of City College of New York

The resignation came one day after a story in the New York Times questioned $150,000 in personal expenses that may have been paid by the research arm of the City University of New York System. A federal investigation is under way to determine if federal research funds were used improperly.

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.

The Gender Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The Gender Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

There were 875,342 women in the Class of 2016 who took the SAT, compared to 762,247 men. The average combined score for women of 1474 was 20 points below the average combined score for men.

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little, the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, announced that she will step down at the end of the current academic year. When she was named chancellor in 2009, Dr. Gray-Little became the first woman in history to hold the position.