President Dianne Lynch, Ph.D.
Dr. Dianne Lynch became the 24th president of Stephens College on June 2, 2009.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying mass communication and feminist history in journalism, and her Ph.D. in Art History and Communications from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research focuses on the learning styles and knowledge production of “digital natives,” children who grow up in virtual environments.
Dr. Lynch is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication; the Accountability Committee for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; and the Academic Standards Committee of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
She is the president of the American Midwest athletic conference in the NAIA; and a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. She is active in a wide variety of local organizations, including the United Way, the Cradle-to-Career initiative, Missouri CORE (Connecting our Regional Initiatives) and the Hagan Scholarship Foundation.
Dr. Lynch previously served as dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.
Prior to becoming dean in 2004, she was a faculty member and chair of the Department of Journalism at Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vt., a private liberal arts college of approximately 1,800 students.
While at Saint Michael’s, she won local, regional and national awards, including recognition in 1999 as the national Journalism Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Lynch was the founding executive director of the national Online News Association. In that capacity, she was the editorial director of the first national study of the credibility of online news. She wrote a biweekly column about women and technology, “Wired Women,” for ABCNews.com from 2000 to 2003, and a weekly column on new media ethics for the Christian Science Monitor from 1998 to 2002. She continues to write, most recently for The Huffington Post.
Dr. Lynch and her husband, Philip Coleman, have four children.