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Janet Morgan Riggs is the 14th President of Gettysburg Collegemarker. Riggs, a member of the Gettysburg College class of 1977, has held several positions at the college, including professor of psychology, interim provost, provost, executive assistant to the president, and interim president.

Education

Gettysburg College

Riggs met her eventual husband, Ed Riggs, at Gettysburg College during her freshman year, 1973. She completed a double major in mathematics and psychology because she thought the heavy emphasis on statistics would help her get into graduate school . Riggs worked as a research assistant for the psychology department during the summer and did independent study in her senior year. In 1977, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating summa cum laude.

Princeton University

Riggs graduated from Princeton Universitymarker with an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology. In her final year at Princeton, Riggs was actively pursued by Gettysburg College to take a one-year position in the psychology department.

Gettysburg College

Work in Psychology

After receiving her degrees from Princeton, Riggs accepted a position at Gettysburg College as an instructor of psychology . She was promoted to the position of professor of psychology and eventually served as chair of the psychology department. During her time in the psychology department, Riggs taught courses on experimental methods, social psychology, and general psychology. Her research has included expectancy confirmation, gender role stereotypes, and attributions for behavior. She has published several articles on this research and currently serves as a consulting editor for the Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Administrative Positions

From 1991 to 1994, Riggs served as executive assistant to the president under President Gordon Haaland. In 1995, she served a one-year term as interim provost. She returned to this position in 2006, and was named provost the following year.

In March 2008, following the resignation of President Katherine Haley Will, Riggs accepted the position of interim president. In February 2009, following an extensive national search, Riggs was named the college’s 14th president. She has served the college for 27 years in 2009.

Awards and Recognition

Riggs has been awarded the Gettysburg College Student Senate Faculty Appreciation Award, the Thompson Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Gettysburg College Woman of Distinction Award.

Personal life

Riggs is a native of suburban Philadelphiamarker. She lives with her husband Ed, who also graduated from Gettysburg College in 1977, in a residence adjacent to the Gettysburg campus. Riggs and her husband, who is a teacher at the Gettysburg Area Middle School, have three grown children: Brian, Rachel, and Tommy.

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References

  1. http://www.gettysburg.edu/library/news/exhibits/fac_alum/riggs/riggs.dot
  2. http://www.gettysburg.edu/about/offices/president/about_president.dot
  3. http://www.wfn.org/2009/02/msg00140.html
  4. http://www.eisenhowerinstitute.org/about/board/janet_morgan_riggs.dot
  5. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/02/gettysburg_colleges_interim_pr.html#more


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