Wellesley Club of Minnesota invites you to our virtual Tea and Talk.
Tuesday, February 15th from 7-8 PM (via zoom)
We are delighted to welcome Alison Byerly ’83 to Minnesota and to our Tea and Talk.
Alison R. Byerly was named the 12th president of Carleton College following a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees and began her term on August 1, 2021.
Byerly comes to Carleton after eight years as president of Lafayette College, a small, selective liberal arts college located in Easton, Pennsylvania. As Lafayette’s 17th president, she launched an ambitious 10-year strategic direction to more than double its financial aid budget. Under Byerly’s leadership, Lafayette also launched and completed its largest-ever fundraising effort, which raised $426 million, and opened a five-story integrated sciences center, the largest capital project in the college’s history.
Prior to becoming president at Lafayette, Byerly was provost and executive vice president at Middlebury College. During her tenure on Middlebury’s faculty, she served as a visiting scholar at MIT, Stanford, and Oxford. Byerly is the author of two scholarly books — Are We There Yet? Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism (Michigan, 2013) and Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Cambridge, 1998) — and has written and spoken extensively on the role of technology in higher education.
Byerly holds a B.A. with Honors in English from Wellesley College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Please RSVP here. The Zoom link will be sent out the day before.