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KNOXVILLE –- Sarah Gardial, associate dean of academic programs in the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Administration, was one of 72 participants to attend the 2006 Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education.

Sarah Gardial
Sarah Gardial
Participants came from 29 states, South Africa, Canada and Singapore. Gardial was the only participant representing the University of Tennessee and one of only two from the state of Tennessee. Since 1989, UT has sent only five participants.

“It was an honor to attend the institute and learn how our university can help further globalize, diversify and enhance the leadership capabilities of our faculty, staff and students,” Gardial said.

Pam Hindle, chairperson of UT’s Commission for Women, said Gardial was selected because she is a campus leader who “is well-respected by upper administration, faculty colleagues, staff and students. She is administratively positioned to play a significant role in increasing gender diversity and has a proven record of professional accomplishment, rising through college administration to positions of increasing responsibility.”

The Summer Institute is a four-week residential program sponsored by Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). It was established 31 years ago to expand opportunities for women in higher education; provide exposure to new ideas; foster enduring, mentoring relationships; and train women to lead in teaching, research and service.

Since 1976, more than 2,000 women from throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Nigeria, Sweden, Wales, Iran and the Netherlands have attended the Summer Institute. Alumnae include presidents, chancellors, vice presidents and deans.

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