Bennett College for Women President Julianne Malveaux today announced her resignation from the college. Dr. Malveaux, a world renowned economist, journalist and advocate for social justice, says that new challenges have presented this as the right time to leave the school.
“Leading Bennett College has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In my five years at the college, we have embraced Bennett’s historic commitment to create an oasis where women are educated, celebrated, and transformed into 21st century leaders and global thinkers. As I reflect on my accomplishments and of the college’s growth and transformation during my tenure, I realize that it is time for Bennett, and for me, to embark on a new chapter. Five years is the longest time I’ve ever held a job in my life, and while I remain committed to HBCUs and the compelling cause of access in higher education, I will actualize that commitment, now, in other arenas. I will miss Bennett College and will remain one of its most passionate advocates.”
Charles Barrentine, Chair of the Board of Trustees said this about Dr. Malveaux: “The Board of Trustees respects Dr. Malveaux’s desire to pursue her other interests at this time. We have been extremely fortunate to have her at the helm of Bennett College for the last five years. Given her many talents, the college has been enhanced by having Dr. Malveaux as our leader. Under Dr. Malveaux’s leadership the college completed an ambitious $21 million capital improvements program that renovated existing facilities and erected four new buildings the first new construction on campus in 28 years.
Under Dr. Malveaux’s leadership, Bennett yielded historic enrollment figures, fundraising and curriculum enhancement. The college announced that she will be named President Emerita during its May 6 commencement.