The unconventional path of one college’s first black woman president

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “When she takes office in July, Robin Holmes-Sullivan will be the first Black woman to serve as president of Lewis & Clark College in its 155-year history. It’s a rarity for women of color to reach the presidency, but it’s even more unusual for them to take a nontraditional path, as Holmes-Sullivan has done. With multiple degrees in clinical psychology, she began her career as a clinical coordinator at the University of Oregon’s counseling center … ‘There’s been lots of conversations about making sure that the faculty is very diversified, and that also holds true for administration as well. It is not, apparently, an easy thing for higher education to achieve. But I hope that that’s going to change, and I hope that even me having this opportunity is another stat point to kind of move that needle and to show others who have similar identities that this is something that they can do as well.’”

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