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June 28, 2019

President Deana Porterfield Featured in Rochester Business Journal

President Porterfield is featured in a front page article of the Rochester Business Journal, titled Three women poised to take first-ever higher-ed leadership roles. She was quoted in the article, giving advice to three women in the Rochester area, each becoming the first woman president of her respective college or university. She also offered her thoughts on women in higher education.

Highlights of the article include: 

“Lead from your strengths,” offered Porterfield.

 Another common suggestion was to start off by learning the institution and its culture. “It is important to value what was done before and also create new strategic pathways for the institution using your gifts and abilities,” Porterfield said.

But with seven out of 12 –  58.33 percent – of Rochester area colleges now having women at the helm, Rochester is certainly ahead of the curve.

“It is extremely exciting to think that the Rochester area is leading the way across the country in female presidents of higher education institutions,” Porterfield said. “It is fitting that in the birthplace of women’s rights that we would be a model for women leaders.”

Read the whole article (PDF).


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