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In Memoriam: Sally Miller Gearhart, 1931-2021

In Memoriam: Sally Miller Gearhart, 1931-2021

In 1973, Dr. Gearhart was hired by San Francisco State University, where she became the first open lesbian to be granted tenure at a major university in the United States. There, she played a major role in developing one of the first women and gender studies programs in the nation.

Dione Somerville is the New President of Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio

Dione Somerville is the New President of Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio

Dr. Somerville has held leadership positions at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Lorain County Community College, Iowa State University, Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and most recently Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was executive vice president.

Judith Gay Will Be the First Leader of the New Erie County Community College in Pennsylvania

Judith Gay Will Be the First Leader of the New Erie County Community College in Pennsylvania

Dr. Gay has been serving as vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff for the Community College of Philadelphia and was interim president during the 2013-14 academic year. Dr. Gay had planned to retire at the end of January.

Study Finds Vast Majority of College Campus Rapes Are Committed By Repeat Offenders

Study Finds Vast Majority of College Campus Rapes Are Committed By Repeat Offenders

The results of the study by researchers at three universities found that just over 5 percent of college men have committed sexual assault and more than 87 percent of alcohol-involved sexual violence crimes were committed by serial offenders.

In Memoriam: Gilberte Greiner Van Treese, 1927-2019

In Memoriam: Gilberte Greiner Van Treese, 1927-2019

Gilberte Van Treese grew up in Paris and lived there during World War II. She was an expert in twentieth-century French literature and French history during the war years. She served on the faculty at Sweet Briar College in Virginia for 26 years.

Julie Murray-Jensen Will Be the Next President of Blackburn College in Illinois

Julie Murray-Jensen Will Be the Next President of Blackburn College in Illinois

Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, is one of the very few educational institutions in the country classified as a “work college.” Students work on campus and receive tuition discounts as a result. Julie Murray-Jensen will become president in January. She has been serving in various roles at Klamath Community College in Oregon.

Jennifer Higdon Awarded the $100,000 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Jennifer Higdon Awarded the $100,000 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Jennifer Higdon, who holds the Rock Chair in Composition at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, is the winner of the 2018 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

In Memoriam: Marjorie J. Miller, 1932-2018

In Memoriam: Marjorie J. Miller, 1932-2018

In 1973, Marjorie Miller joined the faculty at Bowling Green State University in Ohio teaching textiles and fashion merchandising. She was the director of the university’s fashion merchandising program from 1986 until her retirement a decade later.

In Memoriam: Mary Louise McKinney Edmonds, 1932-2017

In Memoriam: Mary Louise McKinney Edmonds, 1932-2017

Mary Edmonds was a faculty member at Cleveland State University, a dean at Bowling Green State University, and vice provost for student affairs at Stanford University.

In Memoriam: Yeworkwha Belachew, 1952-2017

In Memoriam: Yeworkwha Belachew, 1952-2017

Yeworkwha Belachew served as assistant dean, ombudsperson, and founder of the Dialogue Center at Oberlin College. She retired in 2015 after more than 35 years of service to the college.

Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio, Names Vicky Wood as its Seventh President

Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio, Names Vicky Wood as its Seventh President

Dr. Wood currently serves as provost and vice president of academic affairs and student services at Marion Technical College in Marion, Ohio. Earlier, she served as dean of business information technologies and criminal justice at Marion Tech.

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.

In Memoriam: Joyce O. Jenkins, 1949-2016

In Memoriam: Joyce O. Jenkins, 1949-2016

Joyce O. Jenkins was the director of the Center for Teaching and e-Learning at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. Prior to joining the staff at Arkansas Baptist College in 2012, Dr. Jenkins had a 26-year career at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Leila Kawar Wins Best Book Award From the Law and Society Association

Leila Kawar Wins Best Book Award From the Law and Society Association

Leila Kawar, an assistant professor of legal studies in the department of political science at the University of Massachusetts, received the Herbert Jacob Book Prize at the annual convention of the Law and Society Association in New Orleans.

Lillian Schumacher Is the First Woman President of Tiffin University in Ohio

Lillian Schumacher Is the First Woman President of Tiffin University in Ohio

Dr. Schumacher has been serving as interim president of the university since January of this year. She had been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Tiffin and had also held the position of dean of the School of Business at the university.

Lake Michigan College President Suspended, May Be Terminated

Lake Michigan College President Suspended, May Be Terminated

Jennifer Spielvogel became president of Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in January 2016. The board of trustees unanimously voted to suspend her and to hold a just cause hearing to determine if she should be fired. Among other criticisms, the board questioned some expenses President Spielvogel authorized.

University Study Examines Workplace Obstacles for Breastfeeding Mothers

University Study Examines Workplace Obstacles for Breastfeeding Mothers

A survey of nearly 900 women who returned to work soon after giving birth found that just over 300 of these women managed to continue breastfeeding for a year. Only seven continued breastfeeding exclusively for the U.S. government-recommended six months.

In Memoriam: Susan R. Brooker-Gross, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Susan R. Brooker-Gross, 1950-2016

Susan Brooker-Gross, director of policy and communications for the Division of Information Technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Brooker-Gross joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1977 as an assistant professor of geography.

Lillian Schumacher Named Chancellor of Pennsylvania State University-Beaver

Lillian Schumacher Named Chancellor of Pennsylvania State University-Beaver

Dr. Schumacher has been serving as vice president for academic affairs at Tiffin University in Ohio. Before joining the staff at Tiffin in 2010, Dr. Schumacher was the founding director of the global leadership program at the Indiana Institute of Technology.

University Study Finds Race Is a Factor in the Pace of Intimate Relationships

University Study Finds Race Is a Factor in the Pace of Intimate Relationships

Data shows that young interracial couples have sex and cohabitate more quickly than young same-race couples.

Women Named College or University Presidents

Women Named College or University Presidents

Five women have recently been named college or university president.