Professor Emerita of Religious Studies and former adviser to the HWS Board of Trustees Susan Henking has been named Interim President of Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her tenure will begin at the end of the 2020 academic year.
“I look forward to serving this community as we move toward our next 250 years,” Henking says. “In my time here, I have learned how special Salem is and how crucial it is to the Winston-Salem of tomorrow.” Henking currently serves as Interim Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College.
“Susan cares deeply about Salem’s students and faculty and will be able to transition to Interim President with an uninterrupted flow of outstanding leadership for Salem Academy and College,” says McDara P. Folan, chair of the Salem Board of Trustees.
Henking is president emerita of the former Shimer College, where she was named president in 2012. She joined the Hobart and William Smith faculty in 1988 after earning a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and both her master’s and doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
At HWS, Henking served as the acting provost and dean of the faculty from 1998 to 2001 and twice served as the head of the Religious Studies Department. In 1992, she received the Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award. Her partner is HWS Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer.
“This exciting opportunity at Salem Academy and College builds on the skills and values I learned at the Colleges, including a commitment to women’s colleges,” Henking says.
Photo above courtesy of Salem Academy and College.