The University of the Sciences this morning named a new president, the first female in its 191-year history.
Helen F. Giles-Gee, president of Keene State College in New Hampshire since 2005, will become the school's 22nd president on July 16, University of Sciences' officials announced Monday morning.
Board Chairman Marvin Samson, who has served as interim president since September, in a prepared statement called Giles-Gee a "proven leader who understands the need for students and faculty members to be exposed to different disciplines, to appreciate knowledge in a broad context and to value the benefits of diversity."
Giles-Gee has more than 30 years experience in higher education, including a stint at Rowan University in New Jersey. At Keene, she developed a major strategic plan and initiated a college-wide honors program, among other projects, according to the University of Sciences' press release. Keene experienced double-digit increases in applications under her leadership, the school said.
"I am honored and excited to join University of the Sciences as its president at a time when its mission of educating strong leaders in the fields of health and the sciences is crucial to the success of the state and the country," Giles-Gee said in a prepared statement. "...I look forward to the opportunity to work with USciences students, faculty, staff, board, alumni and its surrounding community to foment a solid expansion in the sciences and healthcare fields that fulfill vital needs for economic development, entrepreneurship, and graduate accomplishments."