Ginger Worden, alumna and former trustee, will begin July 1
4/5/2006 9:58:21 AM
Ginger Worden (enlarge)
LYNCHBURG – The Board of Trustees for Randolph-Macon Woman’s College named a former trustee and alumna of the College as interim president Wednesday. The College’s current president, Kathleen Bowman, will retire in July after 12 years of leadership.
Virginia Hill Worden, a 1969 alumna, will officially begin her duties as interim president July 1. However, she will begin working with Bowman in early spring in order to facilitate a smooth transition.
"The College is indeed fortunate to have Ginger at the helm during the coming year," said Jolley Christman, president of the Board of Trustees. "Her intelligence, vision, love of the College, and capacity for capitalizing on the energy, good will and good thinking of others will serve the R-MWC community well as we chart our direction for the future. Ginger’s history of leadership at R-MWC and beyond, her deep roots in our community, and her inspiring work on issues of social justice make her an outstanding choice."
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in economics from R-MWC, Worden earned her master’s degree in economics at Vanderbilt University in 1972. She then received a law degree from New York University in 1975, and most recently completed two years of the Master of Divinity program at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
"I love R-MWC and feel like anything I can do to be in service to this institution is a priority to me," Worden said. "In addition, I know that nothing ever happens without a group effort, and there’s never been a better group than the group assembled here. So it will be a wonderful experience to be a part of that."
In addition to practicing law, Worden is known for her expansive work with the homeless and education reform. With her husband, Geoff, she founded Bridges Outreach, Inc., an organization that unites individuals from various economic backgrounds to address issues of poverty and brings homeless and housed people together in community.
Worden has served as a founding board member of Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound and is currently the vice chair of Expeditionary Learning Schools. She has been a board member of the North Carolina Outward Bound School and served on the Board of Trustees of the Kent Place School, including spending four years as Board president. She also served as a trustee for R-MWC from 1992-2002 and was president of the Board from 1997-2000.
"Ginger is a great choice," Bowman said. "She knows the College intimately as an alumna and a trustee and will be able to step confidently into the role of interim president. During her term as Board president, I could always count on her wisdom, sensitivity and love for the college. On top of that, she has a great sense of humor."
Worden will succeed Bowman, who began her presidency in 1994 as the College’s eighth president. During Bowman’s tenure, the College underwent extensive change and globalization, while maintaining its traditional high academic standards. New majors were created in Environmental Studies and American Culture, each anchored by an endowed professorship. The College announced new graduate degree programs in education last year.
"Kathleen set the bar high for all of us," Christman said. "She brought a set of standards for herself and the R-MWC community that inspired us to give our best. We were indeed fortunate to have her vision, intellect, and energy for 12 years. Her leadership has positioned the College well to tackle its next set of strategic challenges so that we will sustain our tradition of academic excellence."
Under Bowman’s leadership, the College created numerous opportunities to expand its international offerings, including the creation of endowments that bring international faculty and speakers to campus and allow students and faculty to study abroad. In 2002, the College was recognized by the Association for International Educators (
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