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Mills College President Janet L. Holmgren Recognized for Outstanding Service to Carnegie Foundation

Holmgren credited with advancing the state of education while serving on Carnegie Foundation Board of Trustees.

Oakland, CA–June 10, 2011 Mills College President Janet L. Holmgren’s outstanding 12-year service to the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching will be recognized during their annual meeting in Stanford, CA, June 13–14, 2011. Holmgren was chair of the Carnegie board from 2002 to 2005, and served on the executive, nominating, and audit committees during her tenure, which will conclude mid-November 2011.

In recognition of her service, a special board resolution stated, “Janet L. Holmgren brought to her board service the same strength and leadership qualities that defined her 20-year presidency of Mills College. As Carnegie chair, Holmgren strengthened the responsibilities of the office and the board. She modeled active and deeply engaged leadership. Operating and defining a culture of candor and transparency, she reinforced the foundation’s mission and strategic priorities, and ensured its fiscal integrity in her years as chair.”

The Carnegie resolution continued, “Through tireless networking, advocacy, and political maneuvering on the foundation’s behalf, Holmgren was key in helping Carnegie realize the dream of a center for teachers and teaching in Stanford, CA.”

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from the Carnegie Foundation, and to engage in deeply rewarding work as a member and former chair of their board of trustees,” said Holmgren. “We have collaborated on critical initiatives on behalf of educational advancement, and will continue to work toward enduring, innovative improvements that bridge the gap between first-rate research and practice.”

The board also commended Holmgren’s educational leadership in ensuring “educational access, equity, and quality, using her keen intellect and powers of persuasion to construct new buildings, create strong programs, and always uphold a reputation for excellence.”

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with the primary mission “to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education.”

Holmgren’s tenure as president of Mills College will end June 30, 2011. She will return to Mills College in spring 2012 to pursue teaching, writing, and new avenues for women’s leadership. Holmgren will be succeeded by Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, who will become the 13th president of Mills College beginning July 1, 2011.

About Janet L. Holmgren
Janet L. Holmgren came to Mills as one of the highest-ranking women administrators at Princeton University where she was vice provost from 1988 to1991. Holmgren currently serves on the boards of Princeton University and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities where she is chairing the search for its next president. Other boards she has served on include the Women’s College Coalition, National Council for Research on Women, and chair of the board of the American Council on Education. She has also served on the Urban High School Board, the East Bay Community Foundation, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Bay Area Biotech Council, and the California Academy of Sciences Advisory Committee. Additionally, Holmgren chaired the statewide governance task force of the 2000–2003 Master Planning Project for the California State Legislature and has chaired numerous Western Association of Schools and Colleges accrediting teams. A 2007 recipient of the Chief Executive Officer Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Holmgren was also named one of the “Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2010, 2009, and 2008. Holmgren has an MA and a PhD in linguistics from Princeton University (1971 and 1974, respectively) and holds the title of Susan Mills Professor for presidents who teach.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to over 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 373 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and second among colleges and universities in the West in its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit

Jeanne Herrera
Media Relations Director

Last Updated: 8/30/11