Posted: April 21, 2010
Nearly 15 years of academics and admissions, board meetings and budgets, campaigns and construction, and Mountain Days and mountains of work will come to an end this June for President Joanne V. Creighton.
Creighton, who has been president of Mount Holyoke College since 1996, will step down from her position at the end of this academic year and begin a well-deserved sabbatical. But before she leaves, the Mount Holyoke College community will gather on Thursday, May 6, at 4 pm in Chapin Auditorium to celebrate her leadership and pay tribute to her many accomplishments as a champion of women's education and the liberal arts tradition.
All of the College's students, faculty, and staff are invited to take part in the program in Mary Woolley Hall, which will feature a viewing of The Creighton Effect, a short film produced by the MHC Office of Communications and highlighted by an original score composed by director of jazz ensembles Mark Gionfriddo, and a performance of an excerpt from Mark Morris's Gloria. The latter is being coordinated by professor Jim Coleman.
Among the speakers participating in the program will be chairman of the Mount Holyoke Board of Trustees Leslie Anne Miller '73, Smith College president Carol Christ, MHC dean of faculty Donal O’Shea, Alumnae Association president Cynthia L. Reed '80, Student Government Association president May Yang '10, Russell Boudreau of Facilities Management, faculty members Jane Crosthwaite and Joan Cocks, and former chairs of the Board of Trustees Eleanor Graham Claus '57 and Barbara Margulies Rossotti '61.
A teacher and literary scholar, Creighton is an experienced academic administrator known for her expertise in strategic planning and implementation. The Creighton years have seen the launch of three academic centers that represent the meeting points of academic inquiry and the College's commitment to purposeful engagement in the world: the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. As the "fundraiser-in-chief," Creighton led the school to the successful completion of a $250 million campaign in 2003, and in significant progress toward the current $300 million Campaign for Mount Holyoke. Under her leadership, the College reached an all-time high in admission, fundraising, and endowment. She will receive an honorary degree from the College during this year's Commencement ceremony on May 23. Lynn Pasquerella '80 will become the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke on July 1.
The program in Chapin will be followed by a reception on the Mary Woolley Green.