Harvey Mudd names Nembhard as sixth president

Harriet B. Nembhard, dean of the College of Engineering at University of Iowa and a nationally recognized leader in the field of industrial and operations engineering, has been named the sixth president of Harvey Mudd College.

Nembhard was recently appointed after a unanimous vote by the college’s board of trustees and will succeed President Maria Klawe who will step down in June 2023 after 17 years with the college. Nembhard officially begins her term on July 1, 2023.

“I’m excited to bring my passion for STEM education to Harvey Mudd College, a leading higher education institution in experimentation and innovation, especially in developing inclusive pedagogy, increasing diversity in STEM and incorporating interdisciplinary approaches,” Nembhard said in a statement. “I’m also excited to join a college that is so deeply dedicated to inspiring its students to have a positive impact on society.”

In addition to her time as dean of the College of Engineering at University of Iowa, Nembhard has also held academic leadership positions at Oregon State University and Pennsylvania State University.

She has help transform undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education with her research in co-curricular STEM education. She was invited by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to serve as a member of their joint roundtable on advancing change in undergraduate STEM education.

Nembhard has led and participated in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at multiple institutions and professional societies, including the National Science Foundation, National Academy of Engineering and Society of Women Engineers.

To learn more visit hmc.edu.

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