Runell Hall (Ed.D.2011) named VP at Mount Holyoke

Marcella Runell Hall, (Ed.D. 2011) was named vice president for student life and dean of students at Mount Holyoke College by acting president Sonya Stephens. Hall’s appointment to the position comes after an extensive study of the needs and goals of the division of student affairs and was confirmed unanimously by the Board of Trustees.

She formerly served as dean of students, during which time the division enhanced the student experience by launching Living Learning Communities, revamping the orientation program, and creating a diversity peer education program called MoZone. Hall has undertaken leadership roles including chairing the student experience committee for strategic planning. She also taught courses in the departments of religion and psychology and education.

Before being appointed Mount Holyoke’s dean of students, Hall served for ten years at New York University (NYU) in the offices of student activities and multicultural education and programs. She is the founding co-director of the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership. She also founded the Intergroup Dialogue Program at NYU and served as a clinical faculty member in the Silver School of Social Work.

She received a bachelor’s degree in social work and women’s studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in higher education from NYU.

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