Leading from the Margins: College Leadership from Unexpected Places
On the podcast “Academic Life,” President Hinton discusses her new book with host Dr. Christina Gessler. The podcast is heard in 150 countries and was recently ranked as the #1 higher education podcast.
May 2, 2024

Transforming Workforce Leadership
As part of the Strata9 Changemakers Insight Series, President Hinton joined with Strata9 CEO Rosye Cloud to present a live webinar to challenge conventional leadership norms, discuss the unique perspectives of leaders from underrepresented backgrounds, and explore strategies for embracing diversity within organizations to drive positive change in our communities.
May 1, 2024

Insights from President Mary Dana Hinton of Hollins University
President Hinton appeared on the podcast “Higher Edification,” which features college presidents and other leaders talking about the state of higher education and the challenges and opportunities that are faced. The podcast is produced by Misericordia University and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.
April 29, 2024

President’s Corner: Why President Hinton Leads with Her Heart in Today’s Unrest
In an interview with University Business, President Hinton shares her perspective on addressing turbulent times in higher education: “It’s at this moment when you’re called to lead. It’s hard and exhausting but it’s also an energizing moment. We can change the trajectory of our students’ lives, our institutions’ lives and this nation’s future.”
April 26, 2024

Opinion: Trad Wives, Meet Trad Guys
In a letter to the editor published by The Washington Post, President Hinton advocates for “lifting up the many women who are, in fact, striving to change their lives by getting an education and tackling the travails of the world.”
April 16, 2024

Leading a Campus from Academia’s Margins
President Hinton was part of a guest panel on the live online video program Future Trends Forum, which explores the future of higher education.
April 4, 2024

Sharpening the Social-Mobility Mission
In this virtual forum presented by The Chronicle of Higher Education, President Hinton was among the panelists exploring the connection between college degrees and social mobility.
March 15, 2024

The Joys of ‘Leading from the Margins’
President Hinton talks with Inside Higher Ed. about her new book, Leading from the Margins: College Leadership from Unexpected Places, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. 
February 27, 2024

The Power of Hope, Joy, and Love: A Conversation with President Mary Dana Hinton
The podcast “What’s Your Why: Advice from Higher Ed. Leadership” welcomes President Hinton to discuss her deep commitment to educational equity and how recent events have shaped her ‘why,” and reminds us of the power of hope, joy, and love.
December 5, 2023

Dismantling the Academy
In this essay for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, President Hinton stresses how “we must define what elements of our mission matter most, today, for the students we are entrusted with serving.”
November 8, 2023

What Makes a Good Leader
In this interview for the podcast “Leaders on Leadership with Jay Lemons,” President Hinton shares the importance of leading through the margins and encourages others to develop a lifelong commitment to learning and developing their leadership from a place of compassion.
October 3, 2023

Looking Back on a Stormy Summer
In an essay for Inside Higher Ed., President Hinton details how “the summer of 2023 [in America] was about removing opportunities and narrowing access” to institutions of higher learning and notes that “the decline of higher education is a dire warning to us all about storm losses to come: losses to our democracy, losses to our world standing, losses to our communities and, most sadly, losses to our humanity.
September 1, 2023

Hollins Leader Eyes Challenges
President Hinton reflects in this Roanoke Times interview on what she describes as “the hardest summer in the history of higher education” and discusses how Hollins is helping students get the support they need to “achieve their grandest aspirations.”
August 27, 2023

Defy, Deserve, Desire: Leading From the Margins in Higher Education
President Hinton argues in an opinion piece for Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning that “ it is…important for leaders, especially those who identify as women, to identify and claim what they deserve and desire as leaders.” 
August 8, 2023

President Soothes Student Stress with Stories
President Hinton talks with Inside Higher Ed. about the bedtime stories event she helped create to promote student wellness and engagement on campus.
July 31, 2023

One College President Uses Board Games, Bedtime Stories Horses, and Ice Cream Sundaes to Help Students Cope
In an opinion piece for The Hechinger Report, President Hinton addresses the mental health crisis on college campuses across the country, and discusses how Hollins is providing students with “connection to others in their lives” so that they can “be intensely human together and feel less lonely.”
July 11, 2023

Universities Say Speech Central to Preparing Students for Citizenry
In this Roanoke Times article, President Hinton is among the local university leaders strongly advocating for free speech and inquiry as institutional priorities.
June 13, 2023

The Horsewoman of Hollins
“I can’t imagine my life without the horses, nor can I fathom any other home outside of Hollins.” President Hinton shared with The Roanoker magazine how she challenged herself by taking riding lessons and how for her, “The Hollins deal was sealed the moment I walked on campus, met the students and saw our mission in action.”
March/April 2023

What It Takes to be a Leader in Same Sex Education
The award-winning Blue Ridge PBS series “What It Takes” with Tom Landon welcomed President Hinton for an engaging interview about her life, her career, and leading Hollins through a time of transition and growth.
March 6, 2023

On Being Erased
Inside Higher Ed. published this essay by President Hinton and Lynn Pasquerella, president of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, in which the authors express their concern over Florida’s rejection of a new Advanced Placement class on African American studies.
January 30, 2023

The Problem with Our College Ranking System
President Hinton maintains in this commentary for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education that “the consequences of adherence to popular rankings and the persistent visibility gap beyond a certain set of institutions are significant.”
January 25, 2023

Race on Campus: When College Presidents Should Speak Out on Racism
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Race on Campus” newsletter featured President Hinton in a discussion on whether colleges should take institutional positions on social and political issues.
January 3, 2023

The Work of Moral Imagination
In an essay for Liberal Education, the magazine of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, President Hinton states that “we need to do the work of a liberal education creatively, with multiple perspectives at play, always remembering the human experience of all those we encounter.”
December 19, 2022

President Hinton Coauthors Chapter for New Book on the Future of Higher Ed.
President Hinton and Debra Humphreys of the Lumina Foundation have made a compelling contribution to a new higher education reference work for policymakers, administrators, university presidents, academicians, practitioners, scholars, researchers, instructors, and students.
December 1, 2022

‘Unicorns’ in Uncertain Times
Inside Higher Ed. spoke with several women’s college leaders, including President Hinton, about the ways in which the institutions remain relevant and important in helping a new generation of young women succeed.
November 30, 2022

Recognizing Her Leadership, Virginia Business Names President Hinton to the Virginia 500
President Hinton is cited as one of the commonwealth’s top leaders in the third annual edition of the Virginia 500, published by Virginia Business magazine.
September 15, 2022

Paving the Pathways to Higher Education with Access and Inclusion
President Hinton shares her lasting commitment to educational access, equity, and the education of women as a guest on the podcast “Rebuilding the American Dream.”
September 7, 2022

Reimagining Student Affairs
In this opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed, President Hinton asserts that a holistic approach centering student success, well-being, and belonging is essential in meeting the challenges facing students and institutions.
August 4, 2022

Higher Ed Next: Women’s Colleges
For the podcast series Higher Ed Next, President Hinton talked with host Cobretti D. Williams, Ph.D., about the value-added benefits of women’s colleges, addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a college environment, and what can be expected in the future from women’s colleges.
August 2, 2022

Hollins University’s Newest President Once Was Told People Like Her Don’t Go to College
Cardinal News talked with President Hinton about the values and leadership philosophy she brings to higher education and how she “seeks to build on the liberal arts tradition at Hollins, but one that also creates access where once there were barriers.”
May 5, 2022

Hollins Celebrates Inauguration Milestone
On the occasion of President Hinton’s inauguration as Hollins’ 13th president on April 22, 2022, this Roanoke Times editorial noted that “Hollins…has commemorated an important historical milestone with a ceremony long delayed by COVID-19. In a cheerful and every once in a while happily tearful gathering…the 180-year-old women’s university celebrated the inauguration of its first Black president.”
April 27, 2022

What Keeps a President Up at Night
In an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed., President Hinton asserts that “If we do not seek to ensure that all students have access to a quality education in the aftermath of [the COVID-19 pandemic], then the inequities of society will only be exacerbated. College leaders must not solidify inequity.”
January 24, 2022

Leading with Strength and Vulnerability
President Hinton speaks about the importance of the balance between strength and vulnerability as a guest on “Callings,” a podcast hosted by the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. “Callings” focuses on the process of exploring and discerning one’s vocation, with particular emphasis on mentoring and supporting undergraduate students as they navigate college, career, and a life well-lived.
January 10, 2022

Small Virginia University Gets $75 Million Gift, a Modern Record for Women’s Colleges
President Hinton talks with The Washington Post about the record $75 million gift Hollins has received from an anonymous alumna: “This gift will impact generations of students on the Hollins campus. It is truly transformational.”
December 9, 2021

HOPE Scholar Program will Strengthen the Bond between Hollins and the Roanoke Region
In an op-ed for The Roanoke Times, President Hinton announces the launch of the Hollins Opportunity for Promise through Education (HOPE). This initiative is designed to support young women in the greater Roanoke Valley region in taking the next step toward achieving their academic and professional goals, regardless of their ability to pay.
October 6, 2021

President Hinton Among University Presidents, CEOs, and Civic Leaders Urging Passage of Bipartisan DREAM Act
More than 400 university presidents, CEOs, and civic leaders, including President Hinton, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) advocating passage of the bipartisan Durbin-Graham DREAM Act of 2021.
July 19, 2021

President Hinton Named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
President Mary Dana Hinton has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an organization established in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and others among the nation’s founders to honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good.
April 23, 2021

Leading from the Margins
On the podcast IngenioUs, President Mary Dana Hinton talks about educational equity as her ultimate goal as a university leader, and why she believes mission and imagination are crucial for the future success of Hollins and higher education in general.
March 2, 2021

What I Have Learned as a Campus Leader During the Pandemic
President Hinton shares how Hollins successfully navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic during the fall term in an Academic Impressions essay.
February 17, 2021

Courageous Leadership Award
Credo, a higher education consulting firm, honored President Hinton as an innovative leader in independent higher education.
December 9, 2020

100 People to Meet: Educators
Virginia Business magazine named President Hinton as one of the educators and administrators who is helping grow Virginia’s reputation for having a “wealth of colleges and universities.”
 November 29, 2020

Six Months in: Leadership Lessons Gleaned from the COVID Crisis
Academic Impressions
October 26, 2020

Hinton: In This Pandemic, Educational Transformation Has Never Been More Important
The Roanoke Times
September 24, 2020

New President Brings Innovative Opportunities to Hollins University
The Roanoke Tribune
September 24, 2020

Hollins Welcomes New President
The Roanoker
September 8, 2020

The Higher Education Business Model is Broken, But We Can’t Lose Sight of Why We Broke It, and Who We Needed to Break It For
Academic Impressions
August 19, 2020