Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco, Senior Vice President, leads Lindauer’s higher education leadership practice, working with institutions of higher education world-wide. Following two decades as a tenured professor of history, she served as dean, vice president, and president in both public and private American universities.Her experience ranges from campuses in a large public system to private liberal arts colleges, and includes leadership positions at a polytechnic, a women’s college, and an Hispanic-Serving Institution. Along with the vast array of roles she has held in U.S. and global higher education, she is renowned as an expert in women’s leadership, in equity and inclusion, and in nonprofit governance.
Carolyn’s work has always incorporated a global perspective, and she continues to provide leadership and thought capital in matters of global higher education. She was aSenior Fulbright Scholar to the University of Zagreb in Croatia; served as resident director of a London Study Program; created many programs for student exchange and faculty research throughout the world; and worked as a consultant for Saudi Arabia. As a college president, she led efforts to create numerous partnerships between American institutions and universities in other countries, and greatly expanded international student recruitment.
In addition to forging global connections, she is active in multiple arenas of women’s leadership and diversity and inclusion. Carolyn has founded numerous programs to support women’s career advancement, including the Women’s Leadership Institute at The College of Saint Rose, recruiting an accomplished advisory board and prompting Saint Rose to be selected as one of only six institutions of higher education in the United States to be invited to join the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network. She has raised millions of dollars to launch initiatives to prepare diverse young women for leadership in their professions and communities. Asought-after speaker on women’s issues, she publishes regularly in popular and scholarly venues. She recently received a Helen Gurley Brown Genius Award Grant in recognition of her decades of achievement.
Carolyn is a board member of the International Leadership Association and Albany Medical Center. She also serves on the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council. She just completed her service as a trustee and board chair of the American University in Bulgaria. She has also served on the boards of the Center for Economic Growth in New York, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Hearst’s Women@Work, The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Chief Academic Officers, and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
She is currently an Associate Member of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Management at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where she is part of an international research team studying responsible leadership in corporations and higher education, in both the U.S. and Australia.
Carolyn earned a Ph.D. in history from Duke University, an M.A. in women’s history from Binghamton University, and a B.A. in history and a women’s studies certificate from the University of Colorado at Boulder.She supports many educational and cultural organizations and is a fervent advocate for the Girl Scouts.Carolyn is a member of Leadership Atlanta ’13, andChief, and she is a Certified Board Advisor.