Carolyn J. Stefanco is the 11th president of The College of Saint Rose. She joined the College after serving as vice president for academic affairs at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia; as the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus; and after a long career as a tenured professor of history at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), where she held numerous leadership positions. She also worked as a professor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and at Oklahoma State University.
Stefanco earned a Ph.D. in history from Duke University, a master’s degree in women’s history from Binghamton University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and a women’s studies certificate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the University of Zagreb in Croatia, served as resident director of a London Study Program, created programs for student exchange and faculty research in Honduras, Brazil, Portugal, and Croatia, and worked as a higher education consultant for Saudi Arabia.
Stefanco is a trustee of the American University in Bulgaria, is a board member of the Center for Economic Growth and Hearst’s Women@Work, and serves on the Executive Committee of Albany Promise, part of the Strive Together U.S. network to improve educational outcomes of urban youth. She has played leadership roles in American higher education organizations, such as the Association of Chief Academic Officers, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Her research focuses on women and leadership, and she speaks and writes regularly about a variety of educational issues.