Valerie Smith, Princeton University’s dean of the college, has been named the next president of Swarthmore College. Swarthmore’s Board of Managers approved her appointment Feb. 21. Smith, who is also the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and a professor of English and African American studies, will remain at Princeton through June 30, the end of the academic year. On July 1, she will assume office at Swarthmore, a top-ranked liberal arts college near Philadelphia.
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