Two Tulane University alumnae have assumed leadership positions at universities this fall.
Tania Tetlow (NC ’92), previously the Tulane University Felder-Fayard Professor of Law, senior vice president and chief of staff to President Mike Fitts, now leads Loyola University New Orleans, as that school’s first female president and the first layperson as well. Pamela S. Whitten (B ’85) took over as the fifth president of Kennesaw State University, Georgia’s third-largest university, in July.
As a Tulane student, Tetlow earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies before enrolling at Harvard Law School. While on the Tulane faculty, she served as director of the Domestic Violence Clinic and later as a co-director of the university’s Wave of Change initiative against sexual violence on campus.
When Tetlow assumed the presidency at Loyola, which was founded in 1912 and where she has strong family ties, she officially inherited the college’s Jesuit traditions.
“For centuries, Jesuit education has focused on educating the whole student, building intellect and forging character, and inspiring students to go out and change the world,” Tetlow said.
She added that she looked forward to working with the student population.
“Loyola has an amazing group of students, almost a third of whom are the first in their family to go to college,” she said, noting that the university is vital to the New Orleans community. “It has been an engine of opportunity since my grandfather was able to go to college on a football scholarship in the 1920s.”