Debra DeMeis has recently joined Cambridge Hill Partners as a Senior fellow after working in higher education for almost forty years. For the past twenty-five years, she served in senior administrative positions as dean of students at both Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Wellesley College. As a dean, her focus was on fostering women’s development and building strong inclusive communities that were supportive and welcoming places for students to live and learn. Her goals were to break down silos that divided groups and to create a shared interest in and obligation to creating an inclusive campus climate.
Prior to serving in administrative positions, Debra was a professor of psychology at Hobart and William Colleges. In addition to her teaching, her research focused on women’s development, particularly the transition to motherhood for professional women. She held a number of leadership roles at both the departmental and institutional level. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in developmental psychology from West Virginia University.
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