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The College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica has partnered with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Lake Superior College and the University of Wisconsin-Superior to celebrate women leaders in higher education.

In honor of International Women’s Day, President Barbara McDonald will join Presidents Stephanie Hammitt of Fond du Lac, Patricia Rogers of Lake Superior College and Chancellor Renée Wachter of UW-Superior for a roundtable discussion from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 17 via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public.

Sarah Lyons, Executive Diversity Officer at Lake Superior College, was inspired to organize the event after learning that only 30% of college and university presidents nationwide identify as female. In the face of this trend, the Northland represents a noteworthy anomaly: four of its six institutions of higher education have women in leadership positions.

Lyons hopes the roundtable discussion will offer the community the chance to engage in enriching conversations and to recognize the intersectionality of women’s identities beyond gender. “Women empowering women is a beautiful thing,” she shared.

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St. Scholastica is a 109-year-old private, independent college founded in the Catholic Benedictine tradition. It is nationally recognized for quality and value. It has been named the top Minnesota college for economic mobility, and U.S. News & World Report includes it on its Best National Universities and Top Performers on Social Mobility lists. The College is ranked on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for your Money” list, Princeton Review’s 2020 list of Best Midwestern Colleges, and Forbes’ Top Colleges list. The Center for First-Generation Student Success has named St. Scholastica one of the top 80 colleges in the country for commitment to first-generation students. Learn more at