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Lois Cronholm

Title: Academic Administrator (Retired)

Location: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States

Lois Cronholm, Academic Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic operations.

Growing up in a culturally strong immigrant Jewish family meant that education was highly stressed and valued. With this motivation, she has become synonymous as a dedicated spokesperson in the liberal arts. She has provided her skills in higher education at various institutions in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York. She has maintained her values in the workplace which comprise of the supporting the critical importance of public higher education, the value of a liberal arts education, and the need to incorporate social responsibility in academic programs. Her most recent position has been the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The City College of New York, roles she held from 2001 to 2008.

Prior to these roles, Dr. Cronholm served as the CEO for the Center for Jewish History in NY and as the interim president, provost and senior vice president of Baruch College. Earlier in her career, she served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences and as Professor of Biology at Temple University and at the University of Louisville. In addition to these positions, Dr. Cronholm has also made a significant impact with her involvement for the Generation Plus Hospital Network with the New York Health and Hospital Corporation, on the board of directors of J. History Ideas, as Chair of the Middle State Evaluation Committee with the New York State Universities and Colleges. She has also served as a management consultant for the Educational Housing Service.

Dr. Cronholm earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville, summa cum laude, in 1962. She continued at the institution to receive a PhD in 1966. The institutions she has worked for throughout her career have acknowledged as the first female administrator. She has also been named as one of the New York City Women of the Year in 2005 and was the recipient of the Baruch Women of Color Network Award in 1995. She is also the recipient of the Administrative Excellence Award from the University of Louisville in 1983 and received a post-doctoral fellowship and pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. Furthermore, Dr. Cronholm has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations including the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the Wagner Free Institute of Natural Sciences among many others.

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