Joanne V. Creighton

Joanne V. Creighton

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Joanne V. Creighton

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Joanne Vanish Creighton, Ph.D. (born 1942) is an American academic who served as the 17th President of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts from 1996-2010.


Creighton was born in Marinette, Wisconsin. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Creighton taught at Wayne State University from 1968–1985 and became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1985. She then served as the vice president for academic affairs and provost and professor of English from 1990-1994 at Wesleyan University and was Wesleyan's interim president from 1994 to 1995.

Mount Holyoke College

Creighton joined Mount Holyoke College as president in 1996. She was chosen, in part, due to her history as an advocate for the tradition of American liberal arts colleges ) As president, Creighton initiated the Plans for Mount Holyoke for 2003 and 2010 which "led to the creation of three new interdisciplinary centers: the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, the McCulloch Center for Global...
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