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Hollins University president resigns after 2 years

June 28, 2019

HOLLINS, Va. (AP) — Trustees at Virginia’s Hollins University announced the current president would be stepping down after two-years leading the private, women’s college.

Alexandra Trower, chair of the university’s board of trustees, wrote in a statement Thursday that Pareena Lawrence resigned so she could pursue a passion for international education and development.

A university spokesman told The Roanoke Times the parting was “amicable” but did not offer more detail.

Born in India, Lawrence was the first person of color to lead the campus.

In April, she started dialogue in higher education when she removed four old yearbooks that contained images of blackface from the school’s online archives. The digital copies were reposted a week later with a note disavowing the racist images and with a link to resources about the history of blackface.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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