The venerable Seven Sisters college Mt. Holyoke has a new president, Lynn Pasquerella. I don’t know her—I had never heard of her before today—but I like her story.
From the Holyoke web site.
A first-generation college student, Lynn found her way to Mount Holyoke in 1978, transferring in as a junior from Quinebaug Valley Community College. At Quinebaug she was encouraged by faculty members to move on to a rigorous and challenging four-year college. Still working full-time throughout the academic year to support herself, she graduated from Mount Holyoke magna cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1980. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University in 1985. Lynn was a member of the philosophy department at the University of Rhode Island for nineteen years. Her subsequent rise through academic leadership has been meteoric. In 2004, Lynn became URI’s associate dean of the graduate school. In 2006, she was named vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school. In 2008, she joined the University of Hartford as provost and chief academic officer.
Great career. Brings to mind Gigi’s recent post about her cousin, poet Henry Rago, also a first-generation college attendee, and also what I had to say about the growing visibility of community colleges.