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In November, President Paula A. Johnson announced updates on initiatives enabled by the $50 million joint gift from Lulu Chow Wang ’66 and Susan L. Wagner ’82, the largest in the College’s history, as part of the Wellesley Effect campaign. Their gift has been used to advance Wellesley’s career education program and champion the College’s role in the world.

The Career Education program has flourished, Johnson said, touching nearly every Wellesley graduate. The “4-in-4” model guides students through self-assessment, mentorship development, hands-on learning experiences, and the growth of career competencies. More than 9,000 alums have provided mentorship, internships, and countless workshops, panels, and programs. In recognition of Wang’s support, Johnson said, the Career Education Center will bear her name, becoming the Lulu Chow Wang ’66 Center for Career Education, and will be led by the Lulu Chow Wang ’66 Executive Director of Career Education.

Johnson also announced the naming of the Susan L. Wagner ’82 Centers for Wellesley in the World, which will bring together the Wellesley Centers for Women, the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, and future initiatives that deepen the College’s global engagement. “This new structure will support innovative educational programs and research opportunities for students and sustain a vibrant research community on campus that cuts across departments and disciplines,” said Johnson. “At the same time, it will provide enhanced opportunities for faculty and the centers’ researchers to contribute powerfully to debate in the public square, both in the U.S. and globally.”

Provost Andy Shennan and Vice President for Comm-unications, Public Affairs, and Global Engagement Tara Murphy will co-lead the centers. President Johnson will launch a search for an executive director, and Stacie Goddard, Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science, has been named associate provost for Wellesley in the World.

“We have more to do, but at this moment one thing is clear: Together, we have positioned Wellesley for a new era,” Johnson said.

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