Veteran Educator to Temporarily Lead UDC

12/21/2012, 10:48 a.m.

Dr. Rachel Petty, a veteran educator and administrator at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), has been chosen to lead the day-to-day operations of the University until an interim executive is appointed.

In making the announcement early Friday, Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Elaine Crider expressed high confidence in Dr. Petty's ability to help lead the University "to the next level."

"Dr. Petty is the right person at the right time to assume this leadership position," said Dr. Crider. "Her dedication to this University is well known, and we are excited about the future."

Petty takes over for Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, whose contract was terminated by the Board on Dec. 19. She will direct daily operations until a long-term interim leader is selected. A national search will then be conducted for a permanent replacement.

Petty has more than 34 years of outstanding service as a professor, researcher and academic administrator. She has held the positions of chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, acting vice president for Academic Affairs, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"I am proud to be able to serve the University I love in an even greater capacity," said Petty. "Our residents deserve a high quality public university, and I look forward to helping move the University of D.C. forward."