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A New Kind Of Leader For Guilford College

Guilford College president Jane Fernandes
Ben Jenkins
Guilford College president Jane Fernandes
Guilford College president Jane Fernandes
Credit Ben Jenkins
Guilford College president Jane Fernandes

A conversation with Guilford College's new president Jane Fernandes


Guilford College made history when its administration chose Jane Fernandes as their new president. 

Fernandes is the college's first female leader, and one of the first deaf presidents of an American college or university. 

She most recently served as provost at UNC-Asheville for three years, but has had a long career in education. She has been an administrator or faculty member at four other universities, from Honolulu to Boston.

Along the way, she has pushed for better collaboration between the deaf and the hearing communities.

Jane Fernandes started her tenure at Guilford College at the beginning of July.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Fernandes about the challenges that face her as the Quaker school's new leader.

Copyright 2014 North Carolina Public Radio

Will Michaels started his professional radio career at WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.