Director of Special Academic Programs
G.T.C. University of California, Santa Cruz, English
M.Ed. North Adams State College
Molly Magavern has decades of experience in leadership positions in education. Throughout her career, she has worked to ensure academic opportunities for underrepresented and underserved students, primarily at the post-secondary and secondary levels. At Williams, she serves as Director of Special Academic Programs, directs the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Allison Davis Research Fellowship and co-directs the Summer Humanities and Social Sciences program. She also works with the C3 undergraduate program, the Summer Science Program, and other diversity initiatives on- and off-campus. She helps students find opportunities that will help them thrive academically and prepare for graduate school or other post-graduate activities. As chair of the Diversity Action Research Team, she works closely with Institutional Research to monitor the experiences of all members of the Williams community and develop initiatives to ensure that they can thrive. Prior to coming to Williams in 1998, she served as the director of the Upward Bound program at Southern Vermont College, and prior to that, she taught high school English.