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Meet Sonya Stephens

Sonya Stephens is the acting president of Mount Holyoke College, a position she assumed on July 1, 2016. She was appointed by unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees for a period of three years. She succeeds the College’s eighteenth president, Lynn Pasquerella ’80.

During her tenure Stephens will preside over key campus initiatives such as the development of The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2021, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) reaccreditation process, facilities master planning, and the Community Center. She will also plan and launch a new capital campaign. 

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Communication and Outreach

President’s Blog

“What we can do together”: An inside view of Mount Holyoke


News stories and Q&As with Sonya Stephens


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Convocation is about celebration

The first tradition of the academic year is as loud as it is colorful. It’s as surreal as it is inspiring. Calling all students: let’s get loud!

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Move-in day 2016: it’s your move!

The energy, the scene, the greetings. Mount Holyoke College comes alive as students from the classes of 2017–2020 converge on campus. Watch the video.

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Moving in, looking forward

Laying out the welcome mat at the President’s House: watch the video