Mary Dana Hinton 

President, Hollins University

Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D., is the president of Hollins University. She is a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Interfaith America, Saint Mary’s School, and The Teagle Foundation. She is currently serving a three-year term as an at-large board member with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and is the chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) board of directors. She also chairs the AAC&U Presidents’ Trust and served as a member of the Lumina Foundation’s Quality Credentials Task Force. Hinton’s scholarship focuses on leadership and inclusion in higher education. She is the author of The Commercial Church: Black Churches and the New Religious Marketplace in America and is a frequent op-ed contributor and author across higher education publications. Hinton is the recipient of the Bicentennial Medal from Williams College and was recognized with Credo’s eighth annual Courageous Leadership Award. In 2021 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  

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