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Davidson College elects first woman president

Davidson College has its first woman president.

Carol Quillen has been named the first woman to head the liberal arts school since it was founded in 1837.

Quillen fills the seat that opened when Tom Ross resigned to become president of the University of North Carolina system.

Quillen is an associate professor of history 
and vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives at Rice University in Houston.

She becomes the college’s 18th president Aug. 1.

She joined Rice as an assistant professor of history in 1990, earning a promotion to associate professor in 1996. From 2004 to 2008, she served as the first director of Rice’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. From 2006 to 2010, she served as Rice’s vice provost for academic affairs.

Davidson, founded by Presbyterians, serves 1,900 students.

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