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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

W.E.B. Du Bois Department

Esther M.A. Terry
Professor Emerita and chair of the Afro-American Studies Department from 1988 to 2007

Bennett Welcomes Home Dr. Esther Terry ...New College Provost
From Bennett College for Women "Good News" from the Oasis, Fall 2009

President Julianne Malveaux has announced the appointment of Dr. Esther Terry as Provost of the College. Dr. Terry, a 1961 graduate of Bennett College, comes to the position from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she was most recently the Interim Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life. Dr. Terry spent four decades at UMass as a student, faculty member, and administrator. She was recently honored with the creation of an endowed fund in her name at UMass to support groundbreaking research by a PhD candidate in Afro-American Studies. Dr. Terry has devoted her life to uncovering the historic experiences of African-Americans. Dr. Terry founded the Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass and it was one of the first academic departments of its kind at a major research university. The department made history books when in 1998 its doctoral program became one of two in the country.

As Provost, Dr. Terry is Bennett's Chief Academic Officer. She is responsible for all aspects of academic programs, including instruction, research, academic support, library, global studies, and summer programs. The Associate Provosts, Division Chairs, and Department Chairs, all report directly or indirectly to her. President Malveaux is excited about Dr. Terry’s arrival and said, "Dr. Terry's extensive experience at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst combined with her enduring love for Bennett College for Women will be an asset to the College as we are poised on the brink of greatness. I welcome her and look forward to working with her as a partner."


See UMass Amherst's In the Loop "Terry named provost at Bennett College for Women for a recent story.

See the Volume XIV Number 4 - Summer 1989, of the UMass Amherst magazine known at that time as Contact. Click the cover to go a summary of that edition.

Terry, Esther (1978) "Wright's Native Son: The Burden It Bears," Contributions in Black Studies: Vol. 2, Article 2. 
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Make a gift to support research in the Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and contribute to the creation of a new body of knowledge about the American experience through the Esther M.A. Terry Award. Click here.

For more information, see the article "Endowed Scholarship Aids Groundbreaking Work in Afro-American Studies."