Dr. Ruth J. Simmons: Precedent-Setting President
Beckham, Barry, The New Crisis
"Ruth, Ruth, Ruth!... Ruth, Ruth, Ruth! . . ."
The clamorous voices are Smith College students at their opening convocation in Northampton, Mass. They have just seen, marching at the end of the procession, their president, Dr. Ruth J. Simmons. They chant until she reaches the stage at the largest privately endowed college for women in the country.
But she won't be there next fall. Simmons is leaving Smith College, where in 1995 she became the first African American in the U.S. to head a college or university in the upper tier of national rankings. Since she became Smith's ninth president in 1995, the Houston-- grown educator has made a number …
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Publication information: Article title: Dr. Ruth J. Simmons: Precedent-Setting President. Contributors: Beckham, Barry - Author. Magazine title: The New Crisis. Volume: 108. Issue: 2 Publication date: March/April 2001. Page number: 22+. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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