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July 1: Andrea Chapdelaine arrives at Hood

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FREDERICK, Md.—A lifelong scholar who most recently served as the chief academic officer at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania arrived as Hood College’s 11th president today.

Andrea E. Chapdelaine was selected by the College’s board of trustees from among more than 90 candidates who applied for the position. She succeeds Ronald J. Volpe, who retired after 14 years as president.

Chapdelaine, who is originally from Chicopee, Mass., has more than 21 years of teaching experience at three liberal arts colleges. She 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 most recently served there as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2006-2015.

In that position, Chapdelaine oversaw the academic affairs division and played a leadership role in strategic planning and assessment, the college’s fund-raising campaign and several facility projects. In collaboration with the faculty, she initiated new academic programs and a comprehensive revision of the general education curriculum.

Chapdelaine began her teaching career 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. 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.

She serves as a member of the social science division of the National Council of Undergraduate Research, facilitates workshops for deans and chairs through the Council of Independent Colleges and provides mentorship to aspiring administrators through the American Academic Leadership Institute.

Chapdelaine and her husband, David Tetreault, who is also from Massachusetts, have two sons: Daniel, 17, and Benjamin, 15.

For more information contact Dave Diehl, executive director of communications, at, or call or text 301-606-0945.