HMC’s Klawe and CMC’s Gann Cited by Forbes as Examples of Rare Female College Presidents

Forbes Magazine

referenced Claremont McKenna College President Pamela Gann and Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe in an article exploring the low percentage of female college presidents.According to the American Council on Education, 23 percent of college presidents are female, which is a 13 percent increase since 1986. This figure still appears disproportionately low, given that 75 percent of schoolteachers, excluding professors, are female. According to the article in Forbes, discrimination in the hiring process and inequality in the assignment of tenured professorships has created this disparity.Gann and Klawe are two of 15 female presidents represented in


’ rating of the top 50 U.S. colleges. CMC placed 27 and HMC placed 33.Gann and Klawe are the first female presidents of their respective colleges. Gann is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Deloitte Council on the Advancement of Women. Klawe was a chair of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg institute for Women and Technology in Palo Alto, CA.Gann was the dean of Duke University’s law school for 11 years and a member of the faculty for 24 years. Klawe was a dean of engineering at Princeton University and was appointed to the Microsoft board of directors in March; she has frequently promoted female involvement in engineering.

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