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Professor Marilyn Hart Graduates from Higher Education Resource Services Bryn Mawr Summer Institute

Marilyn Hart, professor of biology and director of the Undergraduate Research Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato, graduated this summer from the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute.

2012-08-24
Minnesota State University, Mankato Office of Media Relations News Release [8-21-12]

Mankato, Minn. – Marilyn Hart, professor of biology and director of the Undergraduate Research Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato, graduated this summer from the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, held from June 17 to July 1 at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Since 1978, the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College has annually offered women faculty and administrators the opportunity to participate in an intensive program that prepares them to be leaders in higher education.

The 67 participants selected for this year’s Institute represented 63 institutions across the United States. Responding to the current environment for higher education globally, the Institute had a special focus this year on “Women Leaders: Facing the Challenges as We Re-Invent Higher Education.”

Topics studied included: “Understanding the Environment for Higher Education,” “Planning & Leading Change in the Academy,” “Managing & Investing Strategic Resources,” “Engaging Individual & Minnesota State Mankato Institutional Diversity,” and “Mapping Your Leadership Development.”

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is an educational non-profit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. Since 1972 HERS has served the higher education community, preparing more than 4,300 women faculty and administrators for leadership roles.

Hart has been at Minnesota State Mankato since 2001, serving as professor since 2011 and director of the Undergraduate Research Center since 2009. Her recent achievements include being elected as a Counsilor at Large for the Council of Undergraduate Research, organizing the first Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system-wide Undergraduate Conference of Scholarly and Creative Activity held in April 2012, and receiving funding from the National Science Foundation for the Mentored Academic EXperience for Success in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics) Disciplines Scholar Program.

Hart’s participation in the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute was sponsored by Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State Mankato, through a process facilitated by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Over the past seven years, 11 women, faculty, and administrators from Minnesota State Mankato have been sponsored to participate in HERS Institutes at Bryn Mawr College, Wellesley College, or the University of Denver.

More information about Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) and HERS Institutes is available online at http://www.hersnet.org/index.asp.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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