Salem College and Academy has appointed Summer Johnson McGee as its new president. She'll take over as the school focuses on a new health-related curriculum.

McGee is the founding and current Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut.

McGee will arrive at Salem as the school inaugurates a revamped program focusing on preparing women for leadership roles in health-related fields.

McDara Folan is the chair of the Salem Board of Trustees. Folan released a statement saying McGee is “a perfect fit” for the school's new Health Leadership curriculum.

According to a news release, McGee transformed and grew the University of New Haven's undergraduate and graduate Health Sciences programs. She led the school's COVID-19 response team and has become a sought-after authority on issues related to the pandemic.

McGee released her own statement saying she is honored to be selected as Salem's next leader, adding that the school is "uniquely positioned to develop the next generation of women leaders one woman at a time.”

Salem Academy and College is planning a series of events beginning in September to celebrate its 250th anniversary. McGee will take over as the school's 21st president starting July 1.

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