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Welcoming Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82

JacqueOn June 1, Albright welcomed its 15th president—and the first to come from the ranks of the College’s alumni—Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82.

Fetrow, an accomplished higher education administrator, widely published biochemist and award-winning teacher, came to Albright from the University of Richmond, where she most recently served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, a position she held for two and a half years.

Prior to her tenure at Richmond, she served for 11 years at Wake Forest University as Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics, and for more than five years as the dean of Wake Forest College. Previously, she had served for four years as chief scientific officer and director of GeneFormatics, a biotechnology software company which she co-founded.

“I could not be more excited and honored to be entrusted with the leadership of my alma mater,” Fetrow said. “The rewarding career I have enjoyed as a teacher, as a scientist, as an entrepreneur, and as a leader in higher education has its roots at Albright. The education I received here imparted skills and values that are with me to this day. Even as the College has evolved, talented and dedicated faculty members continue to educate students of academic promise to reason, analyze, communicate and adapt—just as I was taught during my time as an undergraduate.”

In the next issue of The Abright Reporter, we’ll talk to President Fetrow, who also holds an appointment in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, about her vision for “honoring our heritage, living our values and forging our future.” Visit