Ann Karus Meeropol: A Male President for Mount Holyoke College: The Failed Fight to Maintain Female Leadership, 1934-1937
A struggle arose over who would succeed Mary Emma Woolley as president of Mount Holyoke College in 1937. Over her 36-year tenure, Woolley had transformed Mount Holyoke into an elite women's college in which leadership in the administration and faculty was almost exclusively female.
Beginning in 1933, a group of male trustees determined to change the college. This book tells the story of how this group dominated the search process and ultimately convinced the majority of the trustees to offer the presidency to Roswell Gray Ham, an associate professor of English at Yale University.
Ann Karus Meeropol has a doctorate in the history of higher education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A former Mount Holyoke College LITS Scholar-in-Residence, she lives in Putnam County, New York.
Sponsor:Archives and Special Collections, Office of the President, Five College Women's Studies Research Center