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Lorraine Sterritt has been named the next president of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, and the first woman to serve in that post in the institution’s history, according to a statement released Friday.
Sterritt, a native of Ireland who has lived in the U.S. since 1985, will be the Catholic college’s 17th president when she assumes her duties in July, the release states.
She is currently president of Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The college was impressed by Sterritt’s “deep love of the liberal arts and a clear vision for the future of higher education,” Mary-Kate McKenna, chairwoman of the Presidential Search Committee and St. Michael College Board of Trustees, wrote.
The search committee’s choice was unanimous, McKenna added.
Sterritt earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in French from Queen’s University Belfast, and a master’s degree and doctorate in French from Princeton University, the college release states.
Prior to her post in Winston-Salem, Sterritt was a member of the faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard College, and served there as a dean for administration.
In Friday’s announcement, Sterritt wrote she is “very excited and deeply honored” to join the St. Michael’s College community, which was founded in 1904 by the Catholic Society of St. Edmund.
“The people with whom I met in the interview process impressed me with their dedication to learning and service to humanity grounded in Edmundite ideals,” she wrote. “Their devotion to the welfare of humanity and to care for the environment is exemplary.”
Sterritt will be joined in Colchester by her husband, Bert Lain.
The college is planning to introduce Sterritt to the community on Jan. 30 at a time and place to be announced.
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