Katherine Rowe sworn in as William & Mary’s first female president

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Dr. Katherine Rowe is the first female president of William & Mary. 

Rowe became the college’s 28th president Monday during a swearing in ceremony. She plans to promote diversity and inclusion for staff and students at William and Mary.

Rowe wants to make college affordable for students of all backgrounds.

Previously the provost and dean of Smith College in Massachusetts, Rowe will succeed current President Taylor Reveley — who is retiring after serving in the role for 10 years. 

Governor Ralph Northam led the ceremony for Rowe, going onto say his son is an alumnus of the college. 

Rowe took the podium saying, “Being inducted as the 28th president of this great institution is an incredible honor. William & Mary occupies a unique place in history. It is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the nation and the first to be granted a Royal Charter. In 1918, we became the first coeducational public university in the Commonwealth, a 100-year anniversary we celebrate this year. As I am discovering, there are so many firsts here.”

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