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Our People

A dedicated faculty—scholars, teachers and experts in their fields—and a bright, ambitious student body make up the Hood community. Cultivating dynamic relationships, professors get to know their students as individuals to better help them design fulfilling academic programs. They serve as mentors, helping students chart their way through the wide spectrum of learning opportunities available at Hood, and students, in turn, inform their professors' research and keep their perspectives fresh.   

2,422 Outstanding students 

  • 1,434 undergraduates from 30 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, and 23 countries 
  • 25 percent are either members of racial or ethnic minorities or are from foreign countries 
  • 988 graduate students 

2012 Freshman class 

 39 National Honor Society members, as well as valedictorians, salutatorians and Maryland Distinguished Scholars 

120 Regular faculty

  • 95 percent of full-time faculty hold doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields 
  • 32 part-time faculty and numerous adjunct instructors who are community scientists and professionals complement the faculty with their expertise 
  • Student-faculty ratio: 12:1 
  • Average class size: 15 

 Faculty achievements

Faculty have earned grants and awards from organizations including:  

  • Fulbright Foundation 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
  • National Science Foundation 
  • United Nations Industrial Organization 
  • U.S. Department of Education 
  • American Council of Learned Societies 
  • National Institutes of Health 
  • Coca-Cola Foundation 
  • Whitaker Foundation 
  • Bonner Foundation 
  • The Getty Foundation 

Student awards

Our students have been recognized for academic excellence and community service with prestigious awards, including: 

  • Truman Scholarship 
  • Portz Award 
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship 
  • Stockholm Junior Water Prize 


Our more than 16,700 alumni live in 50 states, three territories and 56 countries. Some notable Hood graduates include: 

  • Beryl Pfizer ’49 , Emmy award-winning producer for NBC News
  • Patricia Chapple Wright ’66, Sc.D. ’90, professor of anthropology at SUNY Stony Brook,MacArthur Fellowship recipient, and executive director of the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments.
  • Gail L. Gamble, M.D., ’69, Sc.D. ’93, medical director for cancer rehabilitation program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Mary Clark Stuart ’69, former president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., and president/owner of Wisdomwrks, L.L.C.
  • Christine McHenry, M.D., ’73, former pediatrician and medical ethicist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Charlotte Ponticelli ’73, deputy undersecretary for international affairs with the U.S. Department of Labor Laura Lee Miller ’73, president/owner of Brand Solutions and former president of licensing and marketing for Vera Wang
  • Frances Vaughan ’75, vice president for institutional advancement at Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y. The Honorable Donald Beachley ’77, circuit court judge in Washington County, Md.
  • Susan Gearey Van Pelt ’79, former vice president of Tiffany & Co.
  • Cassandra Walker Pye ’81, senior vice president for APCO Worldwide, and former deputy chief of staff for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • J. Ray Ramsburg III ’83, senior vice president and regional agency manager of BB&T Frederick Underwriters
  • Linda Burgee M.A. ’84, former superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools Maria Meluskey Dissinger ’89, magisterial district judge in Lebanon County, Pa.
  • Tina Wells ’02, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group
  • Amber Miller Vince ’06, news reporter at WPMT-TV FOX43 in York, Pa.