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Prescott College Selects New President

08 March 2010   Mary Lin

Prescott College selects Dr. Kristin Woolever to be the new College president, replacing Dr. Daniel Garvey.woolever3

Dr. Kristin Woolever will start as new president of Prescott College on July 1.
(March 8, 2009) PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Kristin Woolever has been selected as the new College president. She follows current President Dr. Daniel Garvey, who announced his retirement as President in the summer of 2008. After a planned year's sabbatical he will return to the College to continue working in the Institute for Sustainable Social Change.

Dr. Woolever currently serves as the Dean and Director of the Campus for the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.

"We were thrilled with the extraordinarily large pool of qualified applicants from around the country. The search committee engaged a wide cross-section of the College community to ensure we hired a person who was the right fit for Prescott College," said Dan Boyce, chair of the College's Board of Trustees. "Kristin brings an extraordinary blend of skills. She is collaborative and has a record of strong academic leadership. We believe she will work effectively with us to move the College further down the path in its evolution as a nationally recognized institution of experiential learning," noted Boyce.

"I am honored to join Prescott College's faculty, staff and students as the College is poised to play a leading role in the future of education," says Dr. Woolever. "Prescott's integration of the liberal arts with a concern for the environment and social justice, as well as its experiential approach to learning, is right on target.

"Other institutions should be—and already are—looking to Prescott as a model of progressive education. Prescott students not only actively participate with faculty mentors in designing their education; they also apply their learning by taking action in the wider world. They are the people who can make positive change happen. I'm eager to work with such fine colleagues to make Prescott College's national and international impact even greater."

Dr. Woolever will start on July 1, 2010. A formal installation ceremony is planned for September.

About Dr. Woolever

Dr. Woolever comes to Prescott College from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, where she is currently Dean and Director of the Campus. Under her leadership, UNH Manchester has significantly expanded enrollments and programs in applied science, technology, and business—all based on a strong liberal arts foundation. She has forged new partnerships with the city and surrounding region which have expanded the university's impact, and has championed the university's increased outreach to the community.

Her experience spans a wide range of academic and administrative areas. Prior to coming to UNH Manchester, Woolever led the Antioch Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle in a reorganization that included the development of alternative course delivery models and innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate programs in environmental studies, management, organizational psychology, systems thinking, and strategic communication.

At Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., Woolever served in a number of positions between 1983 and 2000, including Director of Assessment, Interim Dean of Cooperative Education, Director of English Department Graduate Studies, and Acting Chair and Professor of English. While there, she co-founded and directed Northeastern's Graduate Technical and Professional Writing Programs.

As a professional communications consultant, she has worked with local, national, and multi-national corporations in a wide variety of industries. She has also served as a Senior Fellow at the New England Board of Higher Education, where she directed the Communicating Science and Technology Project, a project that included participants from all six New England states.

Woolever earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in English at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in English from Allegheny College. She has written seven books focused on professional communication and numerous articles on a range of topics related to writing and communication in business, engineering and law. When not in the office she can be found bicycling, kayaking, or planting roses.

Highlights of Dr. Garvey's Presidency

Dr. Garvey's ten years of service to the College have been characterized, first and foremost, as an era of "stability and growth," according to chair Daniel Boyce.

The College's accomplishments in the decade of Dr. Garvey's leadership include the building of the Crossroads Center, the College's award-winning campus center, "the first major new building since the College moved to its present, downtown campus. The Crossroads Center demonstrates the College's commitment to the community," noted Boyce.

Under Dr. Garvey's leadership, the College has enjoyed significant growth in enrollment in last half of the decade, despite current economic conditions and a reversal of that trend for many private institutions; and the growth of new programs, specifically the Ph.D. in Sustainability Education. The first ever in this field, the Ph.D. Program has experienced robust growth and a competitive application process.

"The single most important thing Dr. Garvey has brought to the College is a confidence in the health of the institution and an ability to look forward rather than back. He's instilled in the college community a sense of confidence that at 40 years old, we're still a relatively young institution, but we're a young adult with a promising future," said Boyce.

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