Carolyn J. Stefanco has been appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Agnes Scott College, effective July 1.
Stefanco joins Agnes Scott from California State University Stanislaus, where she was founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
“Carolyn brings a strong record of creative leadership in curricular development and innovation, strategic planning, financial management and fundraising and faculty and staff development,” said Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott’s president. “She also has a deep commitment to the education and advancement of women, to the liberal arts and to interdisciplinary collaboration.
“Her energy, charisma, approachable style and sense of humor will serve her well in her new role. I very much look forward to working with Carolyn and welcoming her and her family to the Agnes Scott community.”
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and a former Fulbright Scholar to Croatia, Stefanco earned an M.A. in women’s history from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her Ph.D. in history from Duke University.
A scholar of women’s history in the Civil War South and the Western frontier and a member of the first generation of scholars trained in women’s history and women’s studies, she has taught at Wheaton College (Mass.) and California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and helped build women’s studies programs at Duke, Wheaton and Cal Poly.
Stefanco has more than two decades of experience and accomplishment in academic leadership roles, serving as director of women’s studies; chair of the history department; founding director of the Forum on Women, Science and Technology; and assistant dean for faculty development at Cal Poly before becoming the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University Stanislaus.
“I am absolutely thrilled to return to a women's college, where I began my career, and am enthusiastic about the opportunity to partner with members of the Agnes Scott community in providing a transformational experience for students. The strategic planning goals that will guide the college over the next several years are ones that I have long embraced, and it will be my great honor to play a leadership role in efforts to empower women as global citizens, foster curricular innovation and new initiatives and promote undergraduate success in the liberal arts. From my first moments on campus, I knew that Agnes Scott was a very special place. It will be my great pleasure to work with an inspiring president, Elizabeth Kiss, and with an extraordinary group of faculty and staff,” Stefanco said.
She will succeed Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt, who has served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college since 2001. Zumwalt will return to the college as a professor of anthropology following a sabbatical leave.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.