Dr. Donna M. Randall
Chancellor, Albion College
Dr. Donna M. Randall served as Albion College’s 15th president from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2013. Randall was the first woman president in the College’s 178-year history. She moves into the chancellorship for the 2013-2014 academic year, where she will continue to work on behalf of the College in the larger national higher education landscape. Along with increasing Albion's visibility nationally, she will continue to raise funds for the College's current library and athletic facility campaigns.
As president, Randall provided the vision for and led the creation of the Albion Advantage, an all-encompassing approach to an Albion education that combines the liberal arts with experiential learning opportunities and career preparation from a student's first year on campus.
To those ends, several international initiatives were developed during Randall's presidential tenure, including a Student Entrepreneurial Exchange program with ESCIA, a business school near Paris, France; a sustainability studies major offered jointly with the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, also near Paris and a worldwide leader in the field; and courses team-taught by Albion faculty and counterparts at liberal arts institutions in Greece and Lebanon, through the Great Lakes Colleges Association's Global Liberal Arts Alliance.
Randall's time at Albion also saw the launch of yearlong, front-and-center, campus-wide programming efforts in sustainability, wellness, and global diversity that brought a range of thought leaders to the Albion community.
Dr. Randall currently serves on the tax policy committee for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and on the advisory committee for the Council of Independent Colleges' Campaign for the Liberal Arts. In the local community, she served on the Oaklawn Hospital Board of Directors and the Chemical Bank Marshall/Albion Community Bank Board.
She is married to Dr. Paul R. Hagner, an adjunct faculty member at Albion College, and they have a daughter, Kate, who is currently a graduate student at Portland State University in Portland, Ore.
Before coming to Albion, Randall served as provost at the University of Hartford, an independent, coeducational institution with approximately 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. In that role, she provided leadership for the university’s seven colleges and schools, as well as international programs, the honors program, and admissions and fjinancial aid. She chaired a number of strategic planning initiatives at the university, and helped secure funds for the honors program and instructional technology. A board member for the university’s Mortensen Library and Hartford Art School, Randall was also active regionally, serving as chair of evaluation teams for the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.
Prior to joining the University of Hartford in 2000, Randall was dean and professor of management at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis (Tenn.) from 1995 to 1999 and then was interim senior vice provost for academic affairs in 1999-2000. While at Memphis she participated in fundraising initiatives supporting faculty development and advancements in information technology, including attracting seed funding for a $23-million FedEx Institute of Technology. She served on the boards of Junior Achievement of Memphis and Goals for Memphis. She was also involved nationally in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
From 1984 to 1995 Randall was on the faculty of the Department of Management and Systems at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., serving as department chair from 1992 to 1995. During that time, she also spent a year as a visiting professor at University College-Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. An accomplished scholar, she has written extensively about ethical decision-making in the professions and is a past editorial board member of the Journal of Business Ethics. As Albion president, Randall wrote articles on higher education for The Huffington Post, Forbes.com and The Presidency. Her other research interests include workplace safety issues and employee rights, organizational behavior, and work motivation.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Randall holds a B.A. in sociology from Drake University, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Washington State University, and an M.B.A., also from Washington State. She participated in the Institute for Educational Management for Senior Executive Leadership and the Seminar for New Presidents, both at Harvard University.