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Feb. 9: Hood names 11th president

Monday, February 9, 2015

FREDERICK, Md.—A lifelong scholar who currently serves as the chief academic officer at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania has been selected as the next president of Hood College.

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albright College in Reading, Pa., will become Hood’s 11th president July 1, succeeding Ronald J. Volpe, who is retiring June 30 after 14 years as president. She was selected by the College’s board of trustees from among more than 90 candidates who applied for the position.

Chapdelaine, who has more than 21 years of teaching experience at three liberal arts colleges, began her tenure at Albright in 1998 as an assistant and then associate professor of psychology, and was later appointed dean of undergraduate studies there in 2003. She has served in her current position since 2006.

Chapdelaine earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. She graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in justice studies.

As provost at Albright, Chapdelaine oversees the academic affairs division, and plays a leadership role in strategic planning and assessment, the college’s current fund-raising campaign, and several facility projects. In collaboration with the faculty, she has initiated new academic programs and a comprehensive revision of the general education curriculum. She is a member of the Council of Undergraduate Research, presents at professional development workshops for academic administrators and serves on a local board to improve early child literacy.

Her more than two decades of teaching began at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., from 1993 to 1995 as a visiting assistant professor. She also taught at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., from 1995 to 1998 as a visiting assistant professor. During her career, she has taught introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, program evaluation, social psychology, psychology and the law, close relationships, and community-based research. She is member of the psychology department at Albright and has remained active in the classroom. Chapdelaine’s most recent scholarly work has focused on supporting faculty through policies designed to promote flexibility and work-life balance, the value of undergraduate research to student learning and ethical issues in service learning.

Chapdelaine and her husband, David Tetreault, are both from Massachusetts; they have two sons, Daniel, 16, and Benjamin, 14.

Volpe, who will remain in Frederick after he steps down, came to Hood in 2001 from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was interim president, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of management. Among his many accomplishments was transitioning Hood, a women’s college founded in 1893, to a fully coeducational college in 2003, and later growing the College’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment to record levels. During his tenure, the College significantly grew its endowment, expanded its academic offerings and facilities, added men’s and women’s athletic teams and built state-of-the-art athletic facilities on the college’s 50-acre campus.