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Dr. Donna Randall
15th President, 2007-2013


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Biographical Information
Dr. Donna M. Randall became Albion College’s 15th president July 1, 2007. Randall is the first woman president in the College’s 175-year history.

She most recently served as provost at the University of Hartford, an independent, coeducational institution with approximately 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. In that role, she provided leadership for the university’s seven colleges and schools, as well as international programs, the honors program, and admissions and financial aid. She chaired a number of strategic planning initiatives at the university, and helped secure funds for the honors program and instructional technology. A board member for the university’s Mortensen Library and Hartford Art School, Randall was also active regionally, serving as chair of evaluation teams for the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.

Prior to joining the University of Hartford in 2000, Randall was dean and professor of management at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis (Tenn.) from 1995 to 1999 and then was interim senior vice provost for academic affairs in 1999-2000. While at Memphis she participated in fundraising initiatives supporting faculty development and advancements in information technology, including attracting seed funding for a $23-million FedEx Institute of Technology. She served on the boards of Junior Achievement of Memphis and Goals for Memphis. She was also involved nationally in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

From 1984 to 1995 Randall was on the faculty of the Department of Management and Systems at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., serving as department chair from 1992 to 1995. During that time, she also spent a year as a visiting professor at University College-Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. An accomplished scholar, she has written extensively about ethical decision-making in the professions and is a past editorial board member of the Journal of Business Ethics. As Albion College president, Randall has written articles on higher education for and The Presidency. Her other research interests include workplace safety issues and employee rights, organizational behavior, and work motivation.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Randall holds a B.A. in sociology from Drake University, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Washington State University, and an M.B.A., also from Washington State. She participated in the Institute for Educational Management for Senior Executive Leadership and the Seminar for New Presidents, both at Harvard University.

Dr. Randall currently serves as a member of the Commission on Women in Higher Education (American Council on Education). In the local community, she serves on the Oaklawn Hospital Board of Directors and the Chemical Bank Marshall/Albion Community Bank Board.

She is married to Dr. Paul R. Hagner, an adjunct faculty member at Albion College, and they have a daughter, Kate, who is currently a student at Emerson College in Boston.

Source: Albion College Web Site,, Accessed 9/25/2011.