A website has named Jane K. Fernandes to its 20 Most Interesting College Presidents list.
Jane became the first deaf woman to lead an American college or university when she took office as Guilford’s president on July 1, 2014.
“Jane has been at the top of my ‘most interesting people’ list since I first met her. I’m glad to know she’s an interesting president, too,” said Ed Winslow, chair of the Guilford College Board of Trustees. “One reason she’s so interesting is that she is so interested in the people around her, especially students, and she brings out what’s interesting and valuable about them.”
Only four of the 20 presidents on the list are women. Only two on the list lead private liberal arts colleges. And only one on the list is in North Carolina.
“The college and university presidents on this list are all colorful personalities who not only lead their institutions effectively but do so with a panache and verve that excites their campus community,” states thebestschools.org.
“These are presidents with intriguing life stories, with impressive records of accomplishment, with charisma and vision that inspires faculty, staff, and students to strive for new heights.”
Anne Ponder, the former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, isn’t surprised that Jane made the list. Jane served as provost at UNC Asheville before coming to Guilford.
“I know several of these distinguished presidents,” Anne said. “None has a more compelling personal narrative, and none is more perfectly suited to lead and inspire than Guilford’s president, our Jane.”