Dean Elizabeth Nathans
Elizabeth (Ibby) Studley Nathans grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Vassar College, and received her MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins. A historian by academic training, with special interests in the history of race relations and the American South, she briefly considered a career in professional golf before one appearance in the national women's collegiate championship persuaded her to head in other directions. After receiving her doctorate, she taught at UNC Chapel Hill before moving to Duke, where she served as an academic dean for over two decades. In 1992, she returned to Massachusetts as Dean of Freshmen in Harvard College and after retiring from Harvard in 2005, as founding director of the Academic Advising Center at Boston College. While at Duke, she co-founded a working group for academic and student services officers in COFHE and continued to coordinate the group until 2005. As a university administrator, Nathans worked particularly closely with first-generation college students and with student-athletes, supporting students through highly-individualized advising and mentoring. In retirement, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Gene Banks League, is Board Secretary and Corporate Secretary for B.O.N.E.S., a New England-wide 501(3)(c) animal rescue organization, and is a Volunteer providing direct patient and family service for Parmenter VNA and Hospice in Wayland, MA. Nathans, who is divorced, has two married adult children and one grandchild. She lives in Wayland, Massachusetts.