Two African American Women Appointed to Dean Posts at Colleges in Massachusetts

Leykia Nulan has been named dean of admission at Mount Holyoke College, the prestigious liberal arts educational institution for women in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She was the director of freshman admissions and assistant provost for diversity and enrollment at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

“It is my pleasure and an honor to serve as the dean of admission,” said Nulan, who recently received the 2019 Professional of the Year Award at the 2019 New England Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual conference.

Nulan previously worked at Amherst College in Massachusetts as associate dean of admission, coordinator of diversity outreach, and associate director of student activities. She began her career in admission at Wheaton College as an assistant director and multicultural admission counselor.

Nulan has a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, where she was a Posse Scholar, and a master’s degree in higher education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sheila Stamm was named as dean of the School of Education at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Stamm has been serving as the president of S. Wright & Associates, providing consulting support to academic leaders and faculty in higher education and community sectors. She has an extensive background in higher education, including serving as dean of the School of Education for Cambridge College in Massachusetts and Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Stamm also served a term as commissioner of higher education for the state of Minnesota.

“We are pleased to have an individual with such experience, dedication, and stature lead the School of Education at American International College,” said Mika Nash, executive vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. Stamm’s career has been mission-driven, and her educational philosophy blends well with our commitment to provide access and opportunity for students in a diverse and inclusive setting as they pursue undergraduate and advanced degrees to help them meet the demands of a rapidly changing world.”

Dr. Stamm is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a master’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from North Carolina State University.


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