In its announcement, Washington and Lee praised Chawne’s dedication to students, thoughtful approach to leadership, and commitment to inclusive STEM pedagogy. At Lafayette, Chawne is co-director of the Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education.
“Chawne has had an extraordinary, visible, positive impact at Lafayette,” said Provost John Meier. “From the SPAL program to the Hanson Center, she has time and again demonstrated an ability to move the institution forward in significant ways. She also transforms the lives of those she interacts with. From her time as the faculty adviser at McKelvy through her leadership of the Department of Mathematics, Chawne has been a great mentor to students and a valued colleague to the faculty and staff of the College.”
“Chawne Kimber has been an outstanding faculty member and campus leader at Lafayette,” says President Alison Byerly. “Her loss will be deeply felt here, but we congratulate her on this impressive achievement and Washington and Lee on its good judgment in selecting a leader of such insight, humanity, and vision.”