Women College Presidents to Discuss Career Paths and Lack of Women Leaders in Higher Education
Women earn a majority of master’s degrees and nearly half of all doctoral degrees handed out at U.S. colleges, yet they only make up a small percentage of full-time professors and one-fourth of university presidents.
Four current and former women leaders in higher education, including University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck, will discuss the lack of female leadership as well as their career paths and the dynamics of women’s leadership. They also will explore the challenges and opportunities that still exist for developing more women into college presidents.
“Women and the College Presidency: Gender and Leadership in Higher Education” will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the Presidents Room on Pacific’s Stockton campus. It is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the discussion.
Eibeck will be joined by Pacific Union College President Heather J. Knight, former Wheaton College President Dale R. Marshall and Brenda Barham Hill, former CEO of Claremont University Consortium. The event is co-sponsored by Pacific’s Women’s Resource Center, Gender Studies Program and the Pacific Humanities Center.
Women make up only 23 percent of college presidents and just 24 percent of full-time college professors, according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Yet they account for 59 percent of master’s degree recipients and nearly half of those who receive doctoral degrees.
“In spite of a couple decades of clear progress in the advancement of women in leadership positions, the last 15 years have really been stagnant at many institutions of higher education,” said Corrie Martin, director of Pacific’s Women’s Resource Center. “This event is a chance for women who have made it to the very top to share their perspectives on how we can transform our commitment to equity into reality.”
Pamela A. Eibeck
Pamela A. Eibeck, Pacific’s 24th president, is the first woman to lead the University. Prior to joining Pacific, Eibeck was dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech – one of the nation’s largest engineering colleges in the country. Earlier in her career, Eibeck served as professor, chair of mechanical engineering and vice provost for undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University. She began her teaching career at University of California, Berkeley.
Heather J. Knight
Heather J. Knight, a former administrator at Pacific, became president of Pacific Union College (Angwin, Calif.) in 2009. Knight previously served as provost – the chief academic officer – of Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.). She also served as professor of English, assistant provost, and associate provost during her 18 years at Pacific.
Dale R. Marshall
Dale R. Marshall served as president of Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.) from 1992 to 2004. Before that she served as academic dean and acting president at Wellesley College (Wellesley, Mass.). Marshall also was a political science professor at University of California, Davis.
Brenda Barham Hill
Brenda Barham Hill served as the CEO of the Claremont University Consortium, the central coordinating institution of The Claremont Colleges, a cluster of two graduate and five undergraduate colleges serving more than 6,000 students. Before stepping down in 2007, Hill oversaw all aspects of operations for the consortium. Prior to that, she was Vice President for Planning and Research and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Scripps College. Hill currently serves as an associate of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six regional accrediting bodies for colleges and universities in the U.S.
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