New leader assumes helm of Honors College

February 7, 2013 | News, UToday, Honors
By Tobin J. Klinger



The reinvention of the Honors College and the rebranding of the University’s undergraduate experience for well-prepared students is one of several key strategies to realize Dr. Scott Scarborough’s vision for UT over the course of the next five years.

Now the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs has a new leader to help that vision become a reality.

Dr. Lakeesha Ransom has been selected as dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College.

Named to honor the former Blade editor who founded The University of Toledo in 1872, the reinvented college will be highly selective, while distinguishing itself from other honors colleges with a unique blend of admission requirements that not only take into account academic performance, but also activities that demonstrate a high level of motivation and achievement. Additionally, students will have the option to participate in an accelerated three-year degree program, among other new attributes.

“The Jesup Scott Honors College will become a symbol of the excellence for well-prepared undergraduate students,” Scarborough said. “Dr. Ransom has an exemplary background that will help her lead this new endeavor and help raise the University as a whole to levels of distinction.”

With a 15-year career working in corporate, not-for-profit, educational and government organizations, Ransom brings to her new role experience as a visiting professor at Assumption University in Thailand and a member of the Minnesota Board of Regents. Most recently, she served as a principal of Mariposa Global, a firm that provides consultation services to Fortune 200 companies, government agencies and other organizations on strategic management, learning and leadership development.

“What excites me most about bringing Dr. Ransom into our university is her unique background that touches education, leadership and entrepreneurship that will help our future honors students get the most out of their time at UT,” Scarborough said. “With a PhD in philosophy, human resource development and strategic management, and a master’s in comparative and international development education, she brings to the table a skill set that will help to move the Jesup Scott Honors College forward rapidly.”

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