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Commencement Speaker Announced

Arlene Joy Gibson began teaching career at R-MWC

4/2/2007 2:03:25 PM


LYNCHBURG – Arlene Joy Gibson will serve as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College’s 2007 Commencement speaker.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. on May 13 in the Dell.

Gibson began her teaching career at R-MWC as a Spanish instructor and went on to teach at the Charles Young School in Washington, D.C. and The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. She also served as a director of the Middle School at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, MD, and of the Lower School at The Holton Arms School in Bethesda, MD and was headmistress at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ.

Gibson retired in 2006 as Head of School at The Spence School in New York City, a K-12 girls school founded in 1892. Her leadership at Spence was marked by significant growth and by a sustained commitment to enrolling a more diverse student body.

She is the founding president of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and has served as program director for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which funds projects for a sustainable human society and the environment. She is also a trustee of Bryn Mawr College and of Promise Academy of the Harlem Children’s Zone.

A cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a major in Spanish, Gibson was a Fulbright Scholar in Political Science at the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay, and earned her masters in Latin American Affairs from Georgetown University.

In an interview published in The Spence School Bulletin, Gibson noted, ". . . there are always issues, and there is always a need to keep evolving. Look at the complexity of today’s world. We need to keep asking questions."

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