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Cedar Crest College Appoints Executive Director of Women’s Leadership
Allentown, PA (August 31, 2010)—Cynthia Fulford, Ph.D., recently joined Cedar Crest College as its first-ever executive director of women’s leadership and student development. In this position, she oversees three offices that focus on developing extra-and co-curricular programs designed to broaden students’ educational and professional experiences. Activities implemented through her office will help students develop leadership competencies that include communication skills, community and global involvement, critical thinking, decision-making, conflict management, and an appreciation for diversity.
Fulford has several years of varied experience working in higher education. She was employed as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green University from 2006-09, where she spent time in the women’s center and also writing grants. Before that, she served as director of student development at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, and associate director of multicultural affairs and assistant director of career services at Syracuse University. She has been a self-employed leadership consultant since September of 2009.
Fulford said her current position at Cedar Crest is an ideal next step for her career, noting that many of her previous jobs were not only leadership- and student-based, but newly created positions that required an ability to work strategically, as well as with enthusiasm and patience. She will be responsible for leading several initiatives in the College’s new strategic plan, including the women’s leadership institute.
“When I saw this position, I realized that it was a perfect fit for me. My career in higher education administration has always focused on helping students become better leaders; helping them to develop the skill sets and abilities needed to lead diverse people in our increasingly global society. Cedar Crest is the ideal environment for preparing future leaders,” she said.
Kimberly Owens, senior executive vice president of enrollment management and student affairs, added about Fulford’s hire: “Dr. Fulford brings a wealth of experience in a number of key areas that will be instrumental in actualizing the mission of the College, which is to prepare the next generation of women leaders for life in the global community, including a women’s center, residence life, career planning, leadership development, grant writing, living learning communities, student activities, diversity training and awareness, and more. Her background fits in perfectly with the goals we have set for ourselves at Cedar Crest College and we are excited that she is here.”
Fulford earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green University in 2009, a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University in 1997, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College in 1993.
She is originally from Trenton, N.J. and currently resides in Breiningsville.