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Julianne Malveaux to resign as Bennett College president

Nationally known economist and author, Dr. Julianne Malveaux is stepping down as president of the historically black, all-female Bennett College this year.

Nationally known economist and author, Dr. Julianne Malveaux is stepping down as president of the historically black, all-female Bennett College this year. Malveaux served as president of the college for five years and will end her tenure effective in May.

 
 Dr. Julianne Malveaux

“Five years is the longest time I’ve ever held a job in my life,” Malveaux said in a statement, “and while I remain committed to HBCUs and the compelling cause of access in higher education, I will actualize that commitment, now, in other arenas. I will miss Bennett College and will remain one of its most passionate advocates.”

Malveaux called her time as president of the college, “one of the most rewarding experiences” of her life.

Charles Barrentine, chair of the Board of Trustees, said the trustees respect Malveaux’s desire to pursue her other interests at this time.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have her at the helm of Bennett College for the last five years. Given her many talents, the college has been enhanced by having Dr. Malveaux as our leader.”

Under Malveaux’s leadership the college completed a $21 million capital improvements program that renovated existing facilities and erected four new buildings, the first new construction on campus in 28 years.

Barrentine also noted that Malveaux increased enrollment to a historic high of more than 735 students in 2009, expanded alumnae involvement, and enhanced the curriculum with a focus on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and global awareness.

Bennett’s accreditation has been reaffirmed through 2014 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

“Dr. Malveaux empowered the college to build on its historic legacy. In recognition of her distinguished work, she will be named President Emerita of Bennett College at the May 6 commencement,” said Barrentine.

(Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer)

 

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