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Stephens names new Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies

May 4, 2016

Stephens College has recently named Dr. Carole Chabries, an experienced higher education leader with more than 14 years of progressive leadership experience, to the position of dean of graduate and continuing studies. With a background that includes strategic planning, program development, fiscal management and budgeting, communications, consensus building, and program review and evaluation in a higher education environment, she also has significant success with initiating and driving public, private and civic partnerships.

Her career highlights include five years as an executive director of the educational nonprofit Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, which brought together five universities to identify and implement programs that enhanced the academic experience for all members. There, she initiated CityLabs, an award-winning interdisciplinary city/university collaboration.

Chabries most recently served as a consultant to public and private colleges and universities on projects related to development, research, shared service and collaboration. As assistant dean at Union Institute & University, a national nonprofit university with approximately 2,000 students, she played a key role in administering a cohort model Ph.D. program, and developed and planned a new Center for Teaching and Learning. Chabries holds a Ph.D. in English Language & Literature and an M.A. in English Language & Literature, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a B.A. in English Language & Literature (graduating magna cum laude) from the University of Washington.

“We found the right person to lead our Graduate and Continuing Studies,” said Dianne Lynch, Stephens College president. “Our graduate and continuing studies programs are essential to our success. Our mission’s emphasis on lifelong learners and our passion for providing growth opportunities for our College and her students will be furthered by this appointment as we look forward to growing and enhancing these mission-aligned programs.”

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Chabries to Stephens College,” said Dr. Suzan Harkness, vice president for academic affairs. “As an experienced higher education leader and innovator, she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the success of students through every position she has held and every initiative she has taken on. We know she has the collaborative leadership style to build synergies with the deans, our graduate and continuing studies program directors, and faculty and staff. Her commitments to innovation and excellence make her an ideal candidate to develop and evaluate our programs and courses while ensuring quality teaching standards in the graduate and continuing studies environment.”

About her appointment to Stephens College, Chabries said, “I am delighted to have been invited to join the Stephens community. Stephens’ strengths in the creative arts and health sciences, as evidenced by its new Master of Fine Arts and TV and Screenwriting and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs, provide terrific opportunities for new program growth and development. President Lynch has charted an exciting course for Stephens and I’m excited to collaborate with the campus community as we bring that vision to life.

“Stephens College exudes a positive energy that is palpable. All the faculty and staff I met share a commitment to student success as embodied and embraced in the Ten Ideals. It will be such a joy to spend my days immersed in the mission to help our students dream up.” 

She concluded, “My family is also excited to be moving to Columbia this summer. As a family, we’re drawn to Stephens for its warm and caring environment, for the innovative lab school, and for its pet-friendly policies and work with the local no-kill shelter. We’re bringing our dog, Ivy, and my kids are already hatching plans to eat as much ice cream at Sparky’s as possible.”

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