Published in the Summer 2015 issue of Hood Magazine
Andrea E. Chapdelaine, former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albright College in Reading, Pa., became Hood’s 11th president July 1, succeeding Ronald J. Volpe, who retired June 30 after 14 years as president. She was selected by the College’s board of trustees from among more than 90 candidates who applied for the position.
The Feb. 9 news of President Chapdelaine’s appointment was met with enthusiasm by Hood students, faculty, administrators and alumni.
“She brings to Hood the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to lead the College into a prosperous future,” said Philip Berkheimer, the chair of the Hood College Board of Trustees. “We have no doubt that she will build on the remarkable successes and achievements of President Volpe.”
“I could not be more thrilled or proud to be named the 11th president of Hood College,” President Chapdelaine said. “I am deeply honored and grateful to all those who serve this fine College and to the board for selecting me to serve Hood. The warmth of Hood’s community embraced David and me from the moment we stepped on campus. The commitment to student success and well-being was immediately evident. Hood provides a foundation in the liberal arts and strong professional preparation for growing numbers of undergraduate and graduate students on a beautiful campus.”
President Chapdelaine, who is originally from Chicopee, Mass., has more than 21 years of teaching experience at three liberal arts colleges. She began her tenure at Albright in 1998 as an assistant and then associate professor of psychology and was appointed dean of undergraduate studies there in 2003. She was appointed provost in 2006.
She 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.
As provost at Albright, President Chapdelaine oversaw the academic affairs division and played a leadership role in strategic planning and assessment, the college’s fundraising campaign and a number of facility projects. She was directly and indirectly involved in acquiring nearly $7 million in gifts and grants to benefit Albright, its students and faculty from organizations and foundations, including the Hearst, Mellon, Alfred P. Sloan, National Science and local foundations, as well as individuals. In collaboration with the faculty, she initiated new academic programs and a comprehensive revision of the general education curriculum. She is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research; has presented at professional development workshops for academic administrators; and served on a local board to improve early childhood literacy.
She began her teaching career at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., from 1993 to 1995 as a visiting assistant professor. She also taught at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., from 1995 to 1998 as a visiting assistant professor. 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. Her most recent scholarly work has focused 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.
President Chapdelaine and her husband, David Tetreault, who is also from Massachusetts, have two sons, Daniel, 17, and Benjamin, 15.