LEXINGTON, Ky.—After a national search, Harvard University has named Transylvania graduate Susan Marine the director of its new women’s center. She previously served as director of Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR).
College Dean Benedict Gross made the appointment following the strong recommendation of a 13-member search committee.
"I am delighted that, after an extensive national search, the committee selected Susan as the person most qualified to take on the responsibilities of this new center," Gross said. "This recommendation is a clear indication to me that after an exhaustive look at strong candidates from across the country, the very best person for the job is right here. I am very excited about this appointment, and look forward to working with Susan," he added.
The search committee recommended Marine based on her experience in working with students, her background on women’s issues and her work in creating OSAPR at Harvard. The women’s center will facilitate student-run programs, build relationships across campus, develop and enhance women’s leadership on campus and provide a voice for undergraduate women at the college. The center will open this September.
After receiving a degree in philosophy from Transylvania in 1992, Marine completed a master’s degree in student personnel at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Prior to Harvard, Marine worked in the area of sexual assault prevention at Colorado College, Dartmouth College and the Cambridge (Mass.) Department of Health.
Marine serves on Transylvania’s Alumni Executive Board and has visited campus to offer workshops for resident assistants, student orientation leaders and Transylvania’s sexual harassment and assault resource committee.