Andrea E. Chapdelaine was appointed as the 11th president of Hood College in February by the board of trustees and took office July 1.
She served as a provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albright College in Reading, Pa., where she had previously served as dean of undergraduate studies and also as a faculty member since 1998.
Originally from Chicopee, Mass., President Chapdelaine earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. She graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in justice studies.
At Albright, President Chapdelaine oversaw all aspects of the academic affairs division, academic departments and the academic administrative units and delivered careful allocation of resources to optimize the student learning experience. In collaboration with the faculty, she developed several new academic programs, such as digital video arts and Africana studies, as well as a comprehensive revision of the general education curriculum. She also established Albright’s Experiential Learning and Career Development Center, enhanced faculty professional support and benefits and played an instrumental role in fund-raising campaigns for the institution.
President Chapdelaine has more than two decades of higher education teaching experience. During her career, she has taught introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, program evaluation, social psychology, psychology and the law, close relationships and community-based research.
Before her tenure at Albright, she served as a faculty member at two other small liberal arts colleges, Wabash College in Indiana and Trinity College in Connecticut, and was honored with nominations and awards for outstanding teaching.
She also serves as member of the social science division of the National Council of Undergraduate Research, facilitates workshops for deans and chairs through the Council of Independent Colleges and provides mentorship to aspiring administrators through the American Academic Leadership Institute.
In addition to her work in the classroom and as an administrator, President Chapdelaine has published scholarly work focusing on supporting faculty through policies designed to promote flexibility and work-life balance, the value of undergraduate research to student learning and ethical issues in service learning.
She and husband David Tetreault have two sons, Daniel and Benjamin.