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Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Highlights 40 Outstanding Women During Women’s History Month.


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Diverse: Issues In Higher Education highlights 40 outstanding women during Women’s History Month.

FAIRFAX, Va. — Diverse will kickoff Women’s History Month with its 13th annual special report recognizing the contributions of women in higher education.

To be circulated at several national higher education meetings, the Feb. 29 edition honoring Diverse’s 40th anniversary will highlight 40 women who have made a difference in the academy by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills, and making a positive difference in their respective communities. Featured on the cover will be Dr. Bettina L. Love, the William F. Russell Professor at Teachers College at Columbia University.

The 2024 class of leading women in higher education are in no particular order:

1. Dr. Bettina L. Love, the William F. Russell Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

2. Dr. Crystal Eufemia Garcia, assistant professor of educational administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

3. Dr. Tenyo Pearl, campus director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership Program, Coppin State University

4. Dr. Melissa Shivers, senior vice president for student life, The Ohio State University

5. Dr. Elizabeth Dooley, professor of exceptional student education in the School of Teacher Education, University of Central Florida

6. Dr. Dawn Person, director of the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership, California State University Fullerton

7. Dr. Ida Jackson Woods, chief diversity officer, Educational Testing Service (ETS)

8. Dr. Susan Gaulden, vice president for strategic initiatives, Passaic County Community College

9. Dr. Michelle A. Williams, Joan and Julius Jacobson Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Harvard University

10. Dr. Peiyin Hung, assistant professor of health services policy and management, University of South Carolina

11. Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Houston

12. Dr. Sian Leah Beilock, president, Dartmouth College

13. Dr. Rae Matsumoto, dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo

14. Dr. Winnifred Brown-Glaude, professor of African American studies and sociology, The College of New Jersey

15. Dr. Dietra Trent, executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs

16. Dr. Blair LM Kelley, Joel R. Williamson Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

17. Nikole Hannah-Jones, Knight Chair in Race and Journalism, Howard University

18. Dr. Marjorie Hass, president, Council of Independent Colleges 

19. Dr. Irene Mulvey, president, American Association of University Professors

20. Ms. Gloria L. Blackwell, president, American Association of University Women

21. Dr. Vanessa Miller, assistant professor of education law, Indiana University

22. Dr. Lauren Lassabe Shepherd, professor, University of New Orleans

23. Charlotte Smith, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Elon University

24. Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, president, Community College of Baltimore

25. Dr. Maria Klawe, president, Math for America (former president of Harvey Mudd College)

26. Dr. Diane Reese, associate professor of counseling, George Mason University

27. Dr. Shantay R. Grays, provost and executive vice president, Howard Community College

28. Dr. Toneyce Randolph, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Morris Brown College

29. Dr. Valerie Kinloch, president, Johnson C. Smith University

30. Dr. Joanne Li, chancellor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

31. Dr. Brandi P. Jones, research professor at the Rossier School of Education and at the Race & Equity Center, University of Southern California

32. Dr. Nadrea R. Njoku, assistant vice president of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, United Negro College Fund

33. Dr. Ellen M. Granberg, president, George Washington University

34. Dr. Emily Bouck, associate dean for research, Michigan State University

35. Dr. Sheneka Williams, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University

36. Dr. Cynthia Tyson, professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University

37. Tracie N. Ransom, assistant dean for equity, diversity and inclusion, Tulane Law School

38. Dr. Anna Gonzalez, vice chancellor for student affairs, Washington University in St. Louis

39.Dr. Ana Martinez-Aleman, professor and associate dean of faculty and academics, Boston College

40. Carmina Taylor, director of campus and community engagement, Thomas Jefferson University


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