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Georgian Court University Names Evelyn Quinn New Provost

Lakewood, N.J., June 23, 2010—Evelyn Quinn, a former social work professor and a demonstrated leader in academic program development and student affairs, is Georgian Court University's new provost.

“Evelyn Quinn is an exceptional leader whose vision, experience, and leadership have benefited Georgian Court in countless ways,” says GCU President Rosemary E. Jeffries, Ph.D. “She brings enormous gifts, talents, and expertise to this very important post.”

Provost Quinn takes on the role of chief academic officer after working as interim provost since January 2010. President Jeffries’ formal announcement came in late May following weeks of work with Myers McRae, an executive search firm charged with finding the right person for the job. Consultants from the firm conducted interviews with a broad spectrum of the university community, including an 11-member leadership panel and an array of faculty, staff, and students, who had input during the search process.  

The firm heard repeated endorsements for Provost Quinn, a career educator and champion of student affairs who has also served GCU as a professor, faculty leader, dean of students, and as associate provost for academic support. Throughout her career, she has cultivated a reputation for being an idea-driven, solution-oriented, inspirational leader. She also knows and understands the needs of Georgian Court.

“The campus community certainly viewed this appointment as appropriate, timely, and critical for Georgian Court at this moment in our history,” says President Jeffries, noting some of the comments offered in the final report from Myers McRae.

Supporters commented on Provost Quinn’s “solid leadership skills and ability to get things done,” as well as “her ability to hit the ground running and continue to move the academic program forward.”

The report also references several of Provost Quinn’s achievements at GCU, including the creation of the Women in Leadership Development program and the Mercy Collegiate Society, both of which are touted as successful national models. She has also worked diligently to develop a seamless learning environment that bridges academic and student life, and has worked to re-engineer GCU’s academic offerings by identifying new majors, specialty courses, and certificate programs.

Provost Quinn, who holds the terminal degree in her field, has a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in policy from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in education, counseling, and special services from Seton Hall University.

She has held a variety of posts in higher education, including several at Georgian Court where she conceived and implemented the university’s Bachelor of Social Work program. She also shepherded the program through its initial accreditation and eventual reaffirmation by the Council on Social Work Education.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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