Sonya Stephens has been appointed as acting president of the College for three years, effective July 1, 2016.
In July, Sonya Stephens will succeed Mount Holyoke's 18th president Lynn Pasquerella '80, who announced yesterday that she will be stepping down from her role June 30 to lead the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Stephens, currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Mount Holyoke, will serve as acting president for three years.
On the relevance of women's colleges in the 21st century, Stephens replies:
A women's college and a liberal education invite students to find meaning and a voice, to see themselves and the world anew, to find strength in who they are and a resolve to be who they want to be... An education for women is synonymous with opportunities, advocacy, and rights for all women, because what a Mount Holyoke education represents at its most powerful is self-determination, and we stand for that for every one of our students, and for every woman."