The Washington Post

Dartmouth names its first female president

- — Nick Anderson

A cognitive scientist who leads a well-known women’s college was named Thursday to become the first female president of Dartmouth College in its 252-year history.

Sian Beilock, 46, president of Barnard College in New York, will assume the presidency of the Ivy League’s smallest university in July 2023.

The announceme­nt comes as Dartmouth is marking the 50th anniversar­y of coeducatio­n on its New Hampshire campus. The first class of new undergradu­ates to include women matriculat­ed in 1972.

Dartmouth, founded in 1769, enrolled 6,300 students in fall 2020, including 4,200 undergradu­ates.

Beilock will succeed Philip J. Hanlon, who is ending a 10-year run as president after the next school year. She earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from the University of California at San Diego and doctorates in kinesiolog­y and psychology from Michigan State University.

Women have served as president at most of the Ivy League schools. Yale University was led by a pioneering female acting president, Hanna Holborn Gray, in 1977-1978, but it has not had a woman hold the job in a permanent capacity. Columbia University has not yet had a female president.

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