Holy Names University (HNU) announces the appointment of Jeanie Watson, PhD, as interim president. She will assume her duties on August 11, 2016.
“We are excited that Dr. Watson will be leading the University and contributing to this institution from her impressive breadth of experience and many leadership roles in higher education,” said Chair of the HNU Board of Trustees Barbara Hood ’70, MPA. “Her broad spectrum of executive leadership positions includes nine years as President at Nebraska Wesleyan University; dean at Tulane University; and other leadership roles at Hamline University, and Southwestern University. In addition she has been on the teaching faculty at the University of Nebraska, Marshall University, Rhodes College and Stonehill College; director and higher education specialist at TIAA-CREF; and associate vice president of development at the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation.”
As president of Nebraska Wesleyan University, Watson oversaw the restructuring of the Board of Trustees; the development of academic program growth to include master’s degrees and a pre-collegiate concurrent enrollment program; the design and implementation of a forward-looking strategic plan; a doubling of the student headcount; the construction of new campus facilities, as well as the establishment of a satellite campus; an increase in donor philanthropy; and a significant increase in revenue, along with managing consistently balanced budgets. Throughout her career, she has been involved in program development, successful capital campaigns, working with Boards of Trustees, and positioning institutions for strength and growth.
Watson has also been active professionally on a number of national higher education boards and committees, e.g., American Council on Education (ACE); Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC); the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU); University Senate of the United Methodist Church; Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church; the Executive Board of Higher Education Resources Services (HERS); and the NCAA Division III Presidents Council.
Watson was a post-doctoral Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. She received her PhD in English from Ohio University, her master’s degree in English from Midwestern State University, and her bachelor’s degree in English from Baylor University. She is the author or editor of six books and multiple articles.