Shirley Strum Kenny

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Shirley Strum Kenny
President of Augusta State University
Assumed office
July 1, 2012
4th President of Stony Brook University
In office
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2009
Succeeded by Samuel L. Stanley
President of Queens College
In office
July 1, 1985 – July 1, 1994
Personal details
Born (1934-08-28) August 28, 1934 (age 82)
Tyler, Texas United States
Education University of Texas at Dallas
University of Minnesota
University of Chicago

Shirley Strum Kenny (born 1935) is an English scholar and retired university president. Kenny was the fourth president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1994 until the end of the 2008-2009 academic year. She was the first woman to hold that position. She had served as the president of Queens College from 1985 to 1994. She is currently serving as the interim president of Augusta State University.[1]

Life and achievements[edit]

Kenny grew up in Tyler, Texas.[2] She holds a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas-Dallas, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester, and Chonnam National, Dongguk, and Ajou Universities in Korea. She has taught at the University of Texas, Gallaudet University, The Catholic University of America, the University of Delaware and the University of Maryland. At Maryland, she was successively chair of the Department of English and provost of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Kenny has published five books and numerous articles in the field of Restoration and eighteenth-century British drama. Her two-volume scholarly edition of the dramatic works of George Farquhar was published by Oxford University Press.

Kenny sits on the boards of directors of numerous corporations. She is married to Dr. Robert W. Kenny, and they have five children and four grandchildren.


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  2. ^ Winegarten, Ruthe, and Cathy Schechter. Deep in the Heart: The Lives & Legends of Texas Jews. Austin TX: Eakin Press, 1990.

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