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Randolph College names Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Thornton brings expertise in establishment of innovative, student-focused initiatives.

2/20/2012 10:55:35 AM


Randolph College and President John E. Klein today announced the appointment of Matha Thornton, Ph.D. to the position of Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students effective July 1, 2012.

Thornton joins Randolph College after serving at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York as Associate Dean of Student Life. Thornton has been a member of student affairs teams at several institutions, including serving as Director of Student Housing at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Ms. Thornton has also been a student life staff member at The University of Virginia, The College of Wooster; The Florida State University; and The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Thornton earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in Higher Education from The Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the enhancement of the student experience at an outstanding liberal arts college,” said Thornton. “Joining an innovative senior leadership team will enable me to bring new ideas to fuel Randolph College’s continued growth in enrollment, retention, and student development.”

Thornton’s career has been highlighted by the establishment of several student-focused initiatives, including the creation of the Student Mediation Center and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice at St. Lawrence University, and a leadership role in the Peer Awareness Facilitators program, which brought seniors and first-years together to discuss social, cultural, and personal issues.

“Matha brings a significant understanding of student attitudes and expectations, impressive operational expertise in all aspects of student affairs, and a strategic perspective that will help to improve student life and all aspects of the College,” said President John E. Klein. “Her expertise will enable Randolph College to provide increasing value to current and future students.”

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations