Houghton College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Linda Mills Woolsey as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs. Previously, Dr. Mills Woolsey has been serving as interim academic dean and professor of English and writing.
Dr. Mills Woolsey brings to her position a long and successful history of experience as a college professor, a scholar and an administrator. She has both the benefit of being an insider to Houghton and the benefit of multiple connections to the larger world of higher education. Dr. Mills Woolsey has a deep appreciation for Houghton’s hallmark of high-quality Christian liberal arts education, matched with a commitment to translate that education into the needs of today’s students and their families.
“We are thankful to God for the way He is gathering a team of chief officers who are distinctly prepared to meet the challenges and the opportunities of this moment in Houghton’s history,” said Houghton College President Shirley Mullen.
Linda Mills Woolsey is a graduate of Houghton College, where she majored in English and minored in history and Bible. Mills Woolsey received her master’s degree from Binghamton University, where she studied Anglo-Saxon literature with Bernard Huppé. She earned an interdisciplinary doctorate in nineteenth century studies, focusing on the formation of modern culture, from Drew University.
Mills Woolsey has a passion for language and stories, which shape her life and teaching. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Conference on Christianity and Literature, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, the Jane Austen Society of North America and the Academy of American Poets. She has published poems, short stories, essays, and scholarly articles.
Her husband, Stephen, is also a Houghton professor, and they have one daughter, Hannah, who is a graduate student at Duke University.