Introducing President McGee

June 10, 2021

Introducing Salem's 22nd President: Summer McGee

Salem Academy and College is pleased to announce the appointment of Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH as the 22nd President of the institution. Dr. McGee is currently the Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut and will assume her new role at Salem starting July 1, 2021.

President McGee Announcement

Dr. Summer McGee Named President of Salem Academy and College

June 10, 2021

Dear Salem Community,

Today is the beginning of an exciting new era for Salem Academy and College as we announce the appointment of Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH as our 22nd President. Dr. McGee is Founding and Current Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut and will assume her new role at Salem beginning July 1.

Dr. McGee was selected by the Board of Trustees following an extensive, nationwide search with input from Salem’s faculty, staff, and students. Our search committee spent a great deal of time and energy finding the right leader with the right qualities and experience as well as a strong passion for educating girls and women.

We are confident Dr. McGee is the perfect fit for Salem Academy and College.

She has a deep appreciation for the history of Salem as the nation’s oldest institution for educating girls and women. Dr. McGee is uniquely qualified to lead us as we celebrate our 250th anniversary beginning this fall and, more importantly, as we position Salem to thrive for the next 250 years.

Salem’s Board of Trustees thanks Dr. Susan Henking for her service as Interim President since May 2020. Her tenure allowed the Board time to find the ideal new President in Dr. McGee.

For additional information, please see the press release online at the Salem College website. For those of you who live near campus, you are invited to join members of the Salem community to welcome our new president this afternoon at 4 p.m. on the steps in front of Main Hall. In case of rain, the event will move to the Student Center. As a reminder, Salem’s COVID-19 protocol requires wearing masks on campus. The event also will be accessible via livestream from the Academy and College’s home pages.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Summer McGee to Salem Academy and College!


McDara P. Folan signature

McDara P. Folan, III

Chair, Presidential Search Committee and
Chair, Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees

President Summer McGee and Board Chair McDara P. Folan on campus


Press Release: Salem Academy and College Shepherds in a New Era with Appointment of President Dr. Summer McGee