Hinsdale Central Foundation, Partnership in Lifelong Learning

Dr. Janet Holmgren

Membership level: Hall of Fame

Dr. Janet Holmgren

Inductee Year 1998
Dr. Janet Holmgren
Janet L. Holmgren, Class of 1965, graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in three years, had a perfect 5.0 GPA, and was named the class valedictorian. She attended Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English in 1968, and then Princeton University where she earned her MA (1971) and Ph.D. (1974) in Linguistics.

Dr. Holmgren began her career as an Assistant Professor of English Studies at Federal City College, now the University of the District of Columbia. Between 1976 and 1982 Dr. Holmgren was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland and in 1982 was named Assistant to the Chancellor. In July, 1991, after serving first as the Associate Provost, then as the Vice-Provost of Princeton University, she was named the President of Mills College, Oakland, California.

Many academic honors and awards have been bestowed upon Dr. Holmgren during her career. She was named a Princeton University Fellow 1968-69 and 1970-72. In 1988 she was named Outstanding Woman Administrator, University of Maryland, College Park, and was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Mt. Vernon College in 1992. In 1996 Oakland University honored her with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

Dr. Holmgren has been extensively published and is a sought after speaker on topics relating to women and education.
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