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Dr. Leslie Willey named Stephens Vice President for Academic Affairs

May 31, 2016

Stephens College recently announced that Dr. Leslie Willey ’83 has been named vice president for academic affairs, effective June 1.

“Leslie brings to the position a deep respect for and commitment to the College and its faculty,” said Dr. Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College. “She understands our culture, our values and our commitment to students. Perhaps most importantly, Leslie views the primary role of the VPAA as the faculty’s energetic advocate.”

Willey has taught at Stephens College for 19 years. She most recently served as dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and director of The Children’s School at Stephens College. Willey previously served as director of the undergraduate Education department and as director of the Master of Education program. During a time of transition at Stephens two years ago, Willey also served as interim vice president for academic affairs.

“I am deeply honored to be selected to lead my alma mater in the position of VPAA,” Willey said. “I look forward to working with our administration and faculty to further the mission of Stephens.”

Prior to Stephens, Willey taught in both public and private early childhood and elementary classrooms. She has served as an educational consultant to schools, providing professional development to teachers throughout the U.S. Willey has also worked as a consultant and provided professional development through the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.

Willey earned a Ph.D. and an M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. from Stephens College.

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