¡Brava! to IntLawGrrl Beth Hillman, new President of Mills College, oldest women’s college in western United States

hillmanA late addition to our “Go ‘Grrls” installments from a few weeks back: delighted to read that IntLawGrrls contributor Beth Hillman (left) soon will be installed as the new President of Mills College in Oakland, one of the oldest women’s institutions of higher education!

Our prior posts by or about Beth are here and here. And here’s an excerpt from yesterday’s official announcement from Mills:

Oakland, CA–August 08, 2016 On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Board of Trustees of Mills College will inaugurate Elizabeth L. Hillman as 14th president of the oldest women’s college in the West.

Hillman, who began her tenure July 1, brings extensive higher education experience in both teaching and institutional leadership to Mills. She shares with the Mills community a deep understanding of the challenges and limited opportunities women face when seeking positions in the top ranks of historically underrepresented fields.

“I was drawn to Mills because of its commitment to women’s education and its legacy of empowering women, embracing difference, and promoting creativity,” Hillman said. “Mills is a special place, and I am determined to successfully build on our 164-year legacy of diversity and intellectual engagement.”

Prior to joining Mills, Hillman served as provost and academic dean and professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She also served as professor and director of faculty development at Rutgers University School of Law and has taught at Yale University and the US Air Force Academy.

Hillman holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, a master’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Yale Law School, and a doctorate in history with a focus on women’s history from Yale University.

Newly elected Mills College Board of Trustees Chair Katie Sanborn ’83 is looking forward to a new chapter in Mills’ storied history.

“I am extremely honored and excited to work with President Hillman and the entire Mills community to support the resurgence in women’s education,” Sanborn said. “The world needs a place like Mills that empowers women to make their mark in every possible way and place.” …

¡Brava!

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