Voorhees begins 2011-2012 academic year with first female board chairperson

August 22, 2011

Voorhees College opens its 2011-2012 academic year with the appointment of Mary Ellen Moule, Esq., to head the board of trustees. Moule becomes the first woman to serve as board chairperson since the institution was founded 115 years ago by a woman, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Menafee.   

Moule is an attorney and practices in federal court in New York City. She earned her law degree at the Yale Law School in 2001, a master’s degree in professional studies in African –American studies at Cornell University in 1995 and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1991.

Prior to entering the legal profession, she taught history in high school in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, she taught courses in the College of Education at Oregon State University.

“I learned to love and respect Voorhees’ mission at the knee of my grandfather, Matthew Golson, Class of 1940,” said Moule.

“Since I began my service on the Board of Trustees four years ago, I have had the privilege to work with outgoing Chairman Dr. Donald L. Fowler and previous Chairman Dr. Marshall Bass. I am honored to follow in their footsteps and to build on their commitment to Voorhees College.  I look forward to working with Dr. Sellers and his dedicated staff as we face the challenges and develop strategies for educating the next generation of Voorhees students.”

Voorhees also begins this academic year closer to completing its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) recertification. The SACS Leadership Team has submitted its Quality Enhancement Plan with the theme “Journeying through College Writing: From Thought to Expression.” The onsite visit from SACS will take place in October.

“Our top priority at Voorhees is making sure we are on task for our SACS reaccreditation,” said President Sellers. “Our leadership teams are implementing new systems and procedures to increase our accountability and transparency.”