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Presidential tenure

2005- 2017

Biographical Data

Personal: b. 1951, Dallas, Texas.

Education: Vanderbilt University, B.A. 1973, North Texas State University, M.Ed., 1975.

Family: Husband: David Maxson; 7 adult children.

Previous Employment: President, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.


  • Board of Trustees, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Vice Chair of the Board for Resource Development for the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges
  • Past Chair, Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia
  • Past Vice Chair, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
  • Board of Directors, Private College 529 Plan
  • Serves on the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment Steering Committee
  • Presidential Sponsor, Virginia Network of the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education
  • Received an honorary doctorate of human letters from Presbyterian College in 2002

Events that took place during tenure

  • Began her position at Hollins in January 2005.
  • Inauguration on October 14, 2005.
  • Hollins completed a five-year strategic plan in 2011 that emphasized four hallmarks of its undergraduate experience: leadership development, global and cultural understanding, environmental and cultural sustainability, and creativity. A new strategic plan, Connecting Liberal Arts Education and Experience to Achieve Results, is focusing the university’s efforts through 2016.
  • Hollins completed the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in school history and the largest ever undertaken by a women’s college in the South, the Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places. The campaign successfully concluded in 2010 with over $161 million raised, far exceeding the goal of $125 million.
  • New major in environmental studies.
  • New certificate program in leadership studies.
  • Extensive seminar program especially designed for first-year students.
  • Renovation of historic buildings and gardens on campus.
  • Growth of Hollins’ endowment from $85 million to nearly $165 million.


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