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Newcomb Dean Accepts Presidency

February 1, 1997

Mary Ann Travis

Jeanie Watson, dean of Newcomb College, has announced her decision to accept the presidency of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb. At press time, Watson announced that on July 1, she will become the United Methodist Church-affiliated liberal arts institution's first woman president. Nebraska Wesleyan has 1,600 students.

Teresa Soufas, acting dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said, "Although we are always sorry to see a member of the Tulane community leave us, we celebrate with her in her decision to take this position." Soufas said Watson has strengthened Newcomb College, especially by recruiting outstanding students and by building on the academic activity of the Newcomb Fellows, which is supported by the endowed Newcomb Foundation.

Watson's fundraising ability "made a great contribution to building Newcomb," said Soufas. Since Watson became Newcomb's top administrator in 1993, Woldenberg Art Center and Elleonora P. McWilliams Hall have been constructed. A capital campaign raised more than $29 million for these building projects, as well as for scholarships, faculty support and student programs.

According to Soufas, Watson will remain in her position at Newcomb through the spring semester. An acting dean for the college and a search committee for her replacement will be named shortly.

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