DR. WENDY LIBBY Fifth Year
Stetson University entered a new era of leadership in July 2009 sity in Seoul, South Korea. In honor of her outstanding leadership, Libby when Dr. Wendy B. Libby became the university’s ninth president. received the 2007 Athena Award from the Columbia (Mo.) Chamber of Along with Director of Athletics Jeff Altier, Libby was integral in Commerce Women’s Network for her support of women in realizing their bringing football back to Stetson for the first time since 1956. The Hat- full leadership potential and for contributing to the quality of life in the ters will play their first season in the fall of 2013. Coming with the re- community. In May, she received the 2009 Outstanding Higher Education turn of football was the construction of a state-of-the-art field house for Professional Alumni Award at the University of Connecticut. not only football, but also men’s and women’s soccer and the brand new She and her husband, Dr. Richard M. Libby, have two sons, Glenn women’s lacrosse team. The $6.7 million, 25,000 square foot facility was and wife Ginger, and Gregg and wife Lori, four grandchildren, a greatcompleted in August of 2012. granddaughter, and three dogs. An avid reader, she enjoys cooking and Formerly president of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., the na- entertaining. tion’s second-oldest women’s institution, Libby has had a broad career in higher education and private industry. An expert in strategic planning, she plans to build on Stetson’s values-centered heritage and tradition of academic excellence and communityengaged service learning while movingStetson forward. Prior to her six years at Stephens College, Libby served as vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at Furman University, Greenville, S.C., from 1995 to 2003. She has 28 years of administrative and teaching experience in higher education, at institutions including Westbrook College (now part of the University of New England), the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, The Ohio State University and Cornell University. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Libby earned her doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut. Her undergraduate degree, in Biology with a concentration in Genetics, is from Cornell University. She earned an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Libby is a member of numerous higher education organizations. Last fall, she led a delegation Dr. Libby threw out the first pitch at Melching Field before the 2010 of six college presidents in a visit to Ewha Univer- season-opener.