Valerie Barr ’77, new Jean E. Sammet Professor in Computer Science

Valerie Barr

We are very excited to announce that Valerie Barr, Mount Holyoke College class of 1977, will be joining the CS department as the first person to hold the Jean E. Sammet Chair in Computer Science, made possible thanks to a very generous donation from computer pioneer and Mount Holyoke alumna Jean E. Sammet '48!

Among her many accomplishments, Valerie has served as the chair of ACM's Council on Women for the past 5 years, was a program director at NSF in the Division of Undergraduate Education, has been the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs at Union College, and was instrumental in the development of innovative introductory Computer Science courses at Union College.

We look forward to the continued growth and development of the CS department with her guidance and experience!