Steven E. Laymon, Ph.D., Named Vice President for Graduate Programs and Continuing Studies
Laymon, who comes to Hollins from the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, will provide leadership for and oversight of the university’s existing programs and develop new initiatives.
Hollins Names Nakeshia N. Williams, Ph.D., as the University’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
“I am very excited about joining the campus community,” said Williams, who comes to Hollins from North Carolina A&T State University. “I look forward to working alongside administration, faculty, staff, and students in cultivating programming and initiatives aimed at improving diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence at Hollins University.”
Hollins Anticipates “the Beginning of a Return to Normal” in Fall 2021
“Our overall goal is to return as much as possible to the regular campus schedule and interactive community we knew at Hollins prior to the pandemic,” said President Mary Dana Hinton.
Hollins Appoints Laura A. McLary, Ph.D., as the University’s New Provost
McLary, who comes to Hollins from the University of Portland, will serve as the university’s chief academic officer. “Laura is a creative and proactive problem-solver who leads with compassion and courage,” stated President Mary Dana Hinton. “She will be a dynamic and gifted collaborator with a variety of constituencies across our campus.”
Hollins Makes Test-Optional Admission Policy Permanent
Standardized test scores such as the ACT and SAT will no longer be required when applying for admission. “Hollins strongly endorses a student-centered, holistic approach to admission,” said Ashley Browning, Hollins’ vice president for enrollment management.
Hollins, NACAC Affirm “Test-Optional Means Test-Optional”
Hollins is among the more than 400 college and university members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling that have signed on to the association’s letter confirming that students will not be penalized for the absence of a standardized test score for admission in Fall 2021.
Hollins Signs New Collective Statement Prioritizing Self-Care, Care for Others During the Pandemic
Hollins University is among the nation’s first colleges to sign a new collective statement – now endorsed by more than 350 admissions deans – that seeks to send clear messages about what college admissions deans value in students during the coronavirus pandemic.
Committed To “A Culture Of Care,” Hollins Announces Plans To Reopen This Fall
The university will start classes on August 31 and end in-person instruction on November 20, the Friday before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, there will be one more week of remote instruction, followed by Reading Day and five days of virtual exams and projects. The last day of fall term will be December 10. The change in the calendar allows students to leave campus before Thanksgiving and not return until the university’s January Short Term begins.
Hollins Announces SAT, ACT will be Optional for Fall 2021 Student Applicants
In response to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollins University is suspending the standardized testing requirement for students applying for admission in the fall of 2021. The one-year test optional policy means that prospective students do not have to submit SAT or ACT scores in order to be considered for enrollment in the class of 2025.
Nancy Oliver Gray Returns to Hollins as Interim President
Gray was president of Hollins from 2005 – 2017, and will guide the University during the search for the school’s 13th president.
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