NewsMar 6, 2018

Dr. Margaret Everett chosen as next provost

New academic leader boasts background in public health, Latin American issues

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Dr. Margaret Everett is our next provost and vice president for academic affairs, the university’s top academic administrator. She begins July 1, succeeding Lesley’s Interim Provost Richard Hansen.

Dr. Everett is interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Portland State University, where she has held various academic and administrative leadership positions since 1996, when she joined the university as a member of the anthropology faculty. She earned doctorate and master’s degrees in anthropology from Yale University, and has a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Smith College.

“Dr. Margaret Everett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that I am confident will help Lesley move forward, and a set of values and aspirations in line with the university’s mission of effecting change and educating effective and compassionate leaders in myriad areas of social need,” Lesley University President Jeff Weiss said.

Dr. Everett’s research interests include health policy, health promotion and cultural dimensions of health and healing. She has

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conducted community-based participatory research with Latino communities in Oregon, regarding food access and healthy communities. She has also published numerous articles about health and social change in Oaxaca, Mexico. Dr. Everett’s service on community boards and committees includes the Healthy Eating Active Living Coalition with the Multnomah County Health Department, the Genetic Research Advisory Committee of Oregon, and the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

“I am truly inspired by Lesley’s history, its unique and impressive array of programs, its reputation as an incubator of creative talent, and its commitment to social justice,” Dr. Everett said. “I am thrilled to have been selected for this opportunity to work with faculty, staff and administrators to help lead Lesley into a dynamic future.”

Dr. Everett’s administrative accomplishments include creating accelerated pathways into graduate programs, expanding research experiences for students, increasing study abroad opportunities, and improving recruitment and admissions operations.