May 15, 2015

Beth Rushing Named Interim V.P. for Academic Affairs


Beth Rushing, a leader in higher education for almost two decades, has been named interim dean and vice president of academic affairs at Guilford College.

For the past four years, Beth has served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college. Her one-year appointment at Guilford begins July 1.

“Beth deeply appreciates the liberal arts and is committed to serving traditional, adult and early college students,” President Jane Fernandes said. “She brings a high level of seasoned academic leadership as we work toward long-term financial sustainability.”

During her tenure as chief academic officer at St. Mary’s, Beth has proposed and implemented a transparent system of budgeting for the campus, overseen an increase in grant proposals and awards, expanded the variety of courses offering service learning experiences, and reorganized administrative support for academic affairs.

“I’m excited to work with people at Guilford to strengthen the College in ways that are true to its history as well as responsive to current and future needs,” Beth said. “Guilford’s mission and values are inspirational, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the long-term sustainability of such a fine school.”

Earlier in her career, Beth served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Washington Tacoma 2007-11. At the Georgia College & State University, she served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts 2001-07 and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences 1998-2001.

Beth earned a bachelor’s in sociology at Carson-Newman College, a master’s in sociology at Duke University and a doctorate in sociology at Duke.

She will succeed Adrienne Israel, who has served as Guilford’s VP of academic affairs and academic dean since 2003. Adrienne joined the Guilford faculty in 1982 and served as interim academic dean 2002-03. Adrienne will remain a faculty member after July 1 and will lead the College’s 2017 affirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).