Hollins Names “Experienced, Successful, and Respected Leader” as Director of Athletics

Hollins University has appointed Myra Sims as the school’s new director of athletics. She will officially assume full-time oversight of the athletic department’s day-to-day operations in mid-May.

“I am pleased that Myra will be heading our athletic department and am excited that Hollins is able to have such an experienced, successful, and respected leader,” said Trish Hammer, the university’s vice president for academic affairs. “She’s the right person to take us into the future and guide Hollins Athletics to new heights.”

Sims comes to Hollins from Emory & Henry College, where she has been director of athletics since 2010. Sims led the strategic planning process at E&H that resulted in expanded and more competitive sports offerings, facility upgrades, and successful fundraising.

“It is a great honor to have been selected to lead the athletics program at Hollins University,” Sims said. “I was convinced during my interview that there is institutional commitment to having an athletics program where student-athletes feel empowered by competitive success on the field or court.  I am excited to begin work with President Pareena Lawrence and Vice President Hammer to help make the vision they have for athletics come to fruition.  I am especially excited to have the opportunity to work at a strong women’s college with a rich tradition of excellence in so many programs.  Hollins stands out in so many areas, and I am confident that athletics can become a stronger point of pride for the university.”

Sims is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Asheville, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and was a member of several athletic teams. After graduation, she began her coaching career at her alma mater, serving as head volleyball coach and as an assistant women’s basketball coach. In the latter role, she was part of the UNC-Asheville team that won the NAIA National Championship in 1984.

In 1987, Sims moved to the NCAA Division III ranks and created and coached the women’s volleyball program at Atlanta’s Emory University. The following year she started the women’s basketball program at Emory and led the Eagles until 2003; highlights of her coaching tenure include two trips to the NCAA Division III National Tournament’s “Sweet 16” round.  Sims subsequently was Emory’s associate director of athletics and recreation and senior woman administrator before becoming senior associate director of athletics in 2007.

Sims has served on numerous committees in the NCAA and in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), and also served for two years as president of the National Association of Division III Athletics Administrators. She completed a master’s degree in recreation administration in 1997 at Georgia State University.

“While I am sad to leave Emory & Henry because of the relationships I have with coaches, students, colleagues, and alumni, I very much look forward to engaging with the community at Hollins,” Sims stated. “Success comes only when people are working together with common purpose, and I look forward to building connections and developing a strategic path forward with the help of Hollins students, athletics staff, alumnae, and administration.  I am excited to start learning the culture and traditions of the institution, and getting to know the community.”

Hollins recognizes intercollegiate athletics as an avenue for the empowerment of women. Hollins Athletics is dedicated to the pursuit of academic achievement and athletic excellence, and is committed to the overall success of the student-athlete. Hollins is an NCAA Division III school and is a member of the ODAC, competing in nine varsity sports: basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

  


Hollins Appoints Executive Director of Career Development

Hollins University has named Karen M. Cardozo executive director of career development. She will oversee Hollins’ Career Center and its programs and services, implementing the university’s strategic goal of collaborating with internal and external partners to create career development initiatives that will engage students throughout their undergraduate education and beyond.

Cardozo will serve as a consultant starting September 4 and will begin her full-time employment with Hollins on January 2, 2018.

Cardozo has worked as a career counselor at Harvard University and at Williams College, as a dean of student and academic affairs at Mount Holyoke College, and as a faculty member on all campuses of the Five College Consortium of Western Massachusetts (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts). She comes to Hollins from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires, where she was a tenured associate professor of interdisciplinary studies. Her World of Work course provides substantive coaching by putting the question “Who am I and where am I going?” into cultural, historical, and philosophical context while introducing key principles of life design. Another of her courses, Leading Women, fosters a more inclusive understanding of leadership.

“I am well-equipped to translate career placement from the field back to the campus and vice versa: to educate families, employers, and the public about why a Hollins education is an excellent investment, and why hiring Hollins alumnae would be a smart move,” Cardozo said.

Cardozo holds a Ph.D. in literary American studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a M.Ed. in higher education administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University; and a B.A. in English from Haverford College. She has authored articles for scholarly publications such as American Studies, Critical Sociology, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Pedagogy, and has presented on career, diversity, and women’s issues at the American Political Science Association; the Modern Language Association; National Women’s Studies Association; New York Leadership Education Conference; and the Society for Cultural Anthropology, as well as on many campuses. Informed by her work as a Ph.D. career coach for the international consulting firm The Professor Is In, she is currently completing a book entitled Careering Toward Authenticity: A Guide for Academics Who Want to Get a Life.

Founded in 1842, Hollins is an independent liberal arts university offering undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. Hollins graduates contribute to and succeed in a vast array of fields because their experience has included not only a broad education in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, but also internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, and leadership training.

 

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Virginia Business Magazine: Celebrating Women’s Education, Hollins University Blends Liberal Arts and Job Preparation

President Nancy Gray and Board of Trustees Chair Judy Lambeth ’73 discuss Hollins’ 175th anniversary and how the university is ready fiscally and academically to meet the present and future challenges in higher learning in this profile from the February 2017 issue of Virginia Business magazine.

(Correction: The article states that Lambeth led the search for a new president. In fact, the presidential search committee was chaired by Linda Lorimer ’74 and Lambeth served on the committee.)

 

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Hollins Appoints Special Advisor on Inclusivity and Diversity

Hollins University has named Idella Goodson Glenn as Special Advisor on Inclusivity and Diversity. She will have oversight of and coordinate all inclusivity and diversity activities and programs at the university.

A collaborative leader with 25 years of higher education experience, the last 20 years focused on leading diversity and inclusion initiatives, Glenn comes to Hollins from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was director for diversity education and retention initiatives. While at VCU, she created diversity and inclusion education sessions; facilitated relationships among 13 colleges/schools on two campuses to maximize diversity and inclusion efforts; and was part of the core leadership team for the Institute on Inclusive Teaching.

Prior to joining VCU, Glenn served in a number of roles during 18 years at Furman University, including assistant vice president for student development and director of diversity and inclusion; assistant dean for diversity and inclusion; and director of multicultural affairs. She was an effective liaison between multicultural and international students and the university’s faculty, staff, and administration, and developed an ongoing educational awareness program to sensitize the campus community regarding multicultural issues.

Glenn holds a B.S. from Furman and completed her M.Ed. in higher educational administration at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership at Clemson University. In 2005, the Southern Association of College Student Affairs presented her the Bobby E. Leach Award for significant contribution to the development of multicultural relations on campus. The following year, Furman honored her with the Chiles-Harrill Award in recognition of exemplary concern and exceptional caring for undergraduate students. Last August, she received the James Curtis Harkness Foundation Community Award.

Glenn is a member of the board of directors at the National Coalition Building Institute and a senior leader for their campus programs. She also serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.

 

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Hollins Names Augustana College Provost as New President

Judy Lambeth ’73, chair of the Hollins University Board of Trustees, announced the selection of Pareena Lawrence as the school’s next president in this letter to students, faculty, staff, and alumnae on November 29, 2016.

Hollins University has announced that Pareena Lawrence, provost and chief academic officer of Augustana College, will become the school’s 12th president. She will take office in July 2017.

Lawrence will succeed Nancy Oliver Gray, who will be retiring next June after serving as president of Hollins since 2005.

“We were intent on recruiting a president who is devoted to women’s education and the liberal arts, and is a proven leader and strategic thinker,” said Judy Lambeth ’73, chair of the Hollins University Board of Trustees. “We wanted to find an individual who embodies the values we hold dear at Hollins and can also inspire us to advance the institution even further. Pareena has all these characteristics, together with boundless energy and optimism.”

“Enabling more students to have access to transformative educational opportunities, as I have had, has been the core to my life choices,” Lawrence said. “However, it wasn’t until I was contemplating the presidency of Hollins that it hit me that everything in my life, each experience was preparing me for this extraordinary opportunity.”

Lawrence has been at Augustana, a 156-year-old, nationally ranked liberal arts college in Illinois, since 2011, and her responsibilities have gone beyond the traditional role of provost. In addition to serving as a primary architect of Augustana’s strategic plan, she has overseen an innovative set of student services, pioneered new career development initiatives, and has been a successful fundraiser and external ambassador for the college.

Lambeth described Lawrence as “a passionate believer in the power of a woman’s college. She movingly conveyed to our presidential search committee how attending a girls’ school in India changed her life. It is precisely our mission as a women’s college that has drawn Pareena to Hollins.”

“The dedicated faculty and staff members at the school gave me the freedom and support to envision who I could become,” Lawrence recalled. “They mentored me and helped me grow in determination and confidence. They instilled in me a deep sense of social responsibility and giving back to the community. My education gave me the skills to break traditional norms and the assurance that I could make something of myself based on raw talents and perseverance despite scarce resources and lack of connections.”

Lawrence, 49, graduated from the University of Delhi in 1987 with honors in economics, and two years later moved to the United States to pursue her Ph.D. in economics at Purdue University. In 1994, she joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota at Morris, where she became a full professor of economics and management in 2008.

“It is a plus that Pareena is an award-winning instructor and an accomplished scholar, with research focusing on international development and women’s issues,” Lambeth explained. She added that Lawrence’s training as an economist gives her an extensive understanding of the finances of higher education, and her various administrative roles have equipped her to deal with the array of challenges and opportunities that arise on a college campus.

“Pareena embodies all that is a Hollins woman: smart, articulate, warm, caring, and engaged, and aligned with our mission,” said  Alexandra Trower ’86, a member of the university’s Board of Trustees and the presidential search committee. “She has the ability to execute with excellence while always looking ahead toward a great vision and strategy.”

“I am honored and delighted to join the Hollins community,” Lawrence said, “and I look forward to building on the tradition of excellence at the university.”

 

President-Elect Lawrence was officially introduced to the campus community during a special event in duPont Chapel on November 29, 2016. View her remarks here

Here is coverage of the presidential announcement from The Roanoke Times and WDBJ-TV (News 7)

 

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Hollins Names New Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Hollins University is welcoming a new leader in the management and implementation of student recruitment with the appointment of Jason D. Hamilton as vice president of enrollment and marketing. He begins his duties in February 2016.

Hamilton comes to Hollins from the Arkansas Commitment Program, where he has served as executive director since 2008. The non-profit organization based in Little Rock identifies and develops academically talented African-American high school students and helps them acquire the education and experience necessary to become leaders in the community and society at large. During Hamilton’s tenure, Arkansas Commitment celebrated having numerous National Merit and National Achievement recipients and nine Gates Millennium Scholars, more than any other program or school in the state. The program ensures a 100 percent matriculation rate of participating students to four-year colleges and universities across the country.

Prior to heading Arkansas Commitment, Hamilton spent six years at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee. He first served as assistant director of admission/coordinator of multicultural recruitment, then as associate director of admission and finally as director of admission. During his three years as director, he coordinated recruitment efforts that resulted in a significant increase in applications while having the highest academic profile and meeting enrollment goals.

“Jason knows ‘both sides of the fence’ and he can speak compellingly to both students and families as well as counselors and educators,” said DeAngela Burns-Wallace, assistant vice president for undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri.

David Lesesne, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid at Randolph Macon College, agrees. “Jason’s gift is that he can relate to the full spectrum of constituents.  This will distinguish him as an outstanding leader for Hollins.”

Hamilton is a 1995 graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, and holds an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is currently a member of the Common Application Outreach Advisory Group, the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Board, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Nonprofit Leadership Studies Advisory Council. He also serves as a reader/consultant for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. He received the Education Leadership Award from the Arkansas Black Democratic Caucus in 2013, and the Garrett Klein Award for Mid-Level Service from the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling that same year.

“I am greatly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve in this role at Hollins University. I look forward to contributing to the mission, traditions, and goals of Hollins,” Hamilton said. “The University plays a significant role as a women’s institution in higher education through its personal and professional development of students. My family and I are excited to be joining the Hollins community.”


New Athletic Director Is a Familiar Face

Hollins University Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Hammer has announced that Bill Mannino is the school’s new athletic director.

During the 2014-15 academic year, Mannino served as acting athletic director and chair of the physical education department at Hollins. He has been a member of the Hollins athletic department since becoming head golf coach in 2007. In addition to leading the golf program, he has been a physical education instructor, faculty representative to the Student Athlete Advisory Council, and chair of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference women’s golf coaches.

“Bill is the the leader that this very talented team needs and we are very excited about the vision he brings to athletics,” Hammer said. “His work last year was extraordinary as we made progress in many areas. We are grateful that after careful consideration, he has now accepted the AD position on a permanent basis. With his knowledge and expertise, and working in close collaboration with our coaches and staff, I have every confidence that Bill will guide Hollins Athletics to continued success.”

Mannino began overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Hollins athletic department in July 2014. During his term as acting athletic director, the department made three new hires, numerous facility improvements, and an overall upgrade of games management for home events.

“I look forward to leading such an outstanding staff and working in conjunction with senior administration to help our athletic programs move forward,” Mannino said. “I feel that if we can continue the momentum that we established last year, we have a great opportunity to improve the student-athlete experience and produce teams that our fans can really get behind in terms of support and give our alumnae pride in their alma mater.”

Mannino graduated from Temple University in 1997 after a distinguished collegiate golfing career and went on to compete as a professional. He returned to his alma mater to serve as head golf coach from 2001 – 2004. Since becoming golf coach at Hollins, he has led a pair of golfers to the NCAA national tournament and seen three golfers earn All American Scholar status.


Junior Year Abroad Programs Will Remain at Sweet Briar College

Hollins University President Nancy Gray and Sweet Briar College President Phillip Stone have announced an agreement to transition Sweet Briar’s Junior Year Abroad programs in France and Spain (JYF and JYS) back to their original home.

The agreement is effective immediately.

Hollins agreed to serve as the host institution for JYF and JYS after Sweet Briar’s previous Board of Directors voted in late February to close the college at the end of August 2015. Since that time, Stone said, “Hollins has invested a significant amount of financial and human resources to prevent any gaps in maintaining these highly respected programs. Indeed, these programs are strongly positioned for continued success.”

In accepting responsibility for JYF and JYS, Hollins agreed that if Sweet Briar stayed open, the programs would return to the college. At the request of Sweet Briar, Gray and her administration agreed to continue hosting both programs until Sweet Briar’s new board and administration felt the college was ready to resume their operation.

Stone recently informed Hollins that Sweet Briar is prepared to run the programs this year. He said he and Gray will work closely to ensure no disruption in service to students enrolled in the programs.

“The friendship and support of President Gray and Hollins throughout this difficult time have been extraordinary,” Stone said. “To keep JYF and JYS from being lost in the planned closing of Sweet Briar, Hollins went to great expense and trouble. I am truly grateful for this and the many other actions Hollins took to help Sweet Briar and its students and faculty when it appeared our school would be closing.

“I hope our close relationship will continue for many years.”

Gray emphasized that there was never a question about Hollins stepping in to help.

“We appreciate the special, longstanding friendship we have with Sweet Briar,” she said. “Like so many others, we were very sad at the prospect of the closing of our sister school. We wanted to help in any way we could.

“We join all of Sweet Briar’s friends in supporting the decision to remain open. Our two schools will work closely together in the coming days to smoothly transition JYF and JYS back to Sweet Briar. And, we are both committed to finding ways to work together in the future.”

For more information about Sweet Briar’s Junior Year Abroad programs, visit the JYF website at jyf.sbc.edu and JYS at jys.sbc.edu.


Lange Appointed to Virginia Board of Education

Lorraine S. Lange, who will become director of Hollins University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) programs on July 1, has been appointed to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration as a member of the commonwealth’s Board of Education.

Lange is retiring this month as superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools. She began her career as a teacher in Roanoke in 1969 and went on to serve as assistant principal, principal, supervisor of language arts K-12, associate director of instruction, assistant superintendent of instruction, and deputy superintendent of instruction before she was named superintendent in 2006. Her distinguished contributions to K-12 were recognized when she was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2012. That same year, she was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.


Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Welcomes New Director

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University has named Jenine Culligan, senior curator at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia, as its new director. She begins her duties May 4.

Culligan has been with the Huntington Museum of Art since 1999, and oversees daily operations for a collection of over 15,000 objects as well as four permanent and six rotating galleries. She works directly with collectors, individual artists, artist groups, interns, volunteers, art gallery directors, donors, advisory and board committees, and colleagues across the United States.

“I enjoy being the catalyst that brings talented people and innovative programs together,” she said. “I would like to share my experiences, and knowledge of museums, art, and artists, with a new generation, and with their help, explore new and different modes of offering authentic, cross-disciplinary approaches to experiencing art.

“I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with a community of educators to bring high-quality exhibits, programs, and events to Hollins, which would attract and engage a diverse audience within the university, the Roanoke community, western Virginia, and beyond.”

Culligan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts degree in art history/museum studies from Case Western Reserve University. Prior joining the Huntington Museum of Art, she worked with the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University features the work of renowned, emerging, and regional artists. The museum presents exhibitions in a wide variety of media and genres, including selected exhibitions from the permanent collection. Through this programming, the museum provides a forum for art through viewing, dialogue, and an understanding of the creative process. Located on the first floor of the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, the museum is a state-of-the-art facility with three interconnected galleries totaling approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space.

The Wilson Museum is committed to educational programming that enriches both Hollins and the greater Roanoke community. Since opening in the fall of 2004, the museum has presented more than 100 exhibitions with supplementary programs including tours, lectures, workshops, gallery talks, and classroom instruction.