The month of March is designated Women’s History Month, and to kick off our celebration of great, history-making women, today’s Monday Morning MSI Lineup spotlights 10 women presidents at MSIs. Take a look at our list of awesome examples of women leaders, scholars and trailblazers.
1. Elmira Mangum, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)
Dr. Mangum made history as the first woman in FAMU’s 126-year legacy to be installed as a permanent president. For more than 28 years, she has served as an executive at nationally recognized institutions of higher learning, including as senior associate provost at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; vice provost at the University of Buffalo; and operations specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mangum also has held faculty appointments at Cornell’s Johnson School of Management, the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government and the UB Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Boyd made history as the first woman to hold the position of president in ASU’s 146-year history. Alabama-born, she earned her bachelor’s degree from ASU in 1977 in mathematics. In 1979, she became the first black woman to graduate from Yale University with a degree in engineering. She also has a bachelor’s degree in math from Alabama State, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in divinity from Howard University in Washington, D.C. President Boyd also served as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Dr. Khator is the first foreign-born president of the university, and the second woman to hold the position. Khator is also the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the United States. Khator officially took her position on Jan. 15, 2008, and became the third person to hold a dual position of University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president.
Dr. Gould is the ninth president of Brooklyn College. Appointed in June 2009 by the City University of New York Board of Trustees, Gould is the first woman to serve as president of the college. She is an internationally known scholar in the field of French-Canadian literature. Under President Gould’s leadership, the college has significantly increased student retention and graduation rates, doubled income from fundraising, and expanded international education and internship opportunities for students.
Dr. Harrison is the fifth president of California State University – Northridge and began her appointment in June 2012. Before her appointment, she served as president of Cal State – Monterey Bay, a position she had held since 2006. Known for her commitment to students, academic excellence and comprehensive development, President Harrison has a reputation for building strong partnerships with public and private organizations, enabling students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries and engage in innovative instruction.
A 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award, Dr. Tatum has served as president of Spelman College since 2002. Her tenure as president has been marked by a period of great innovation and growth. Under her leadership, Spelman College raised $157.8 million in its comprehensive fundraising campaign, the largest amount raised in the institution’s history. For more than 20 years, Dr. Tatum taught her signature course on the psychology of racism and is popularly known for her book, “Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.” She has also toured extensively, leading workshops on racial identity development and its impact in the classroom.
Dr. Hahs, who has served as president of Northeastern Illinois University since 2007, is deeply committed to ensuring that students are well-prepared for leadership and service in a global society. She has led an extensive strategic planning initiative that resulted in new degree programs and professional accreditations, and improved graduation rates, graduating the highest number of students in Northeastern’s history.
Dr. Vermillion, a recognized member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota peoples of the Standing Rock Reservation, serves as president of Sitting Bull College. She is an active board member for numerous non-profit and community service groups, including Bear Soldier Horizons, the Standing Rock Education Consortium, Standing Rock Education Leaders, the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges, Recruiting American Indian Nurses program, Quality Education for Minorities, American Indian College Fund, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
Dr. George has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas, a master’s in Guidance and Counseling and a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from New Mexico Highlands University. She has served in leadership capacities at a variety of tribal and mainstream educational institutions. She grew up and attended boarding school and public schools on the Navajo Reservation before launching a career as an educator, teacher educator, and administrator in tribal colleges and higher education.
Dr. McGuire is credited with the transformation of Trinity. Under her leadership, the university has nearly doubled its enrollment, expanded academic programs, completed its first successful capital campaign, became a university in 2004, and built the $20-million Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports, a state-of-the-art athletic center. She has focused on meeting the educational needs of the Washington, D.C., community, and today Trinity educates more D.C. public school graduates than any other private university in the city and in the nation. She also established an academic program at Town Hall, Education, Arts and Recreation Campus in southeast D.C.