Spring Hill College in Mobile has appointed Dr. Rebecca Cantor as its new principal.
“When touring the beautiful azalea-lined campus of Spring Hill, it’s the people — the students, faculty, and staff — that really stand out,” Cantor said. “I am thrilled to join the Spring Hill community and work alongside Chairman Lee, Executive Vice President Dr. England, and the entire leadership team. It is an honor to support the College’s long academic tradition and Jesuit heritage as we provide rich educational experiences and real value to students and families.
Cantor received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, a Master of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, California, and a Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She has written two books and published several journal articles.
She will take office on July 1, 2022. Lisa Hager, Ph.D. will serve as Associate Provost, having served as Acting Provost since September 2020.
Cantor comes to Spring Hill from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, and her experience includes serving as department chair, English teacher, and vice provost. She brings key leadership experience in managing and maintaining the integrity of an institutional curriculum while overseeing a portfolio of budget, communications and accreditation projects.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Cantor to Spring Hill. She is highly qualified and experienced in student-centered academics and familiar with our Jesuit traditions,” said Spring Hill College President E. Joseph Lee, Ph.D. “We are confident that we have done the best choice by choosing one that includes our academic goals, curriculum-based teaching, and data-driven decision-making.”
As Provost, Cantor will serve as Director of Studies. Cantor will be responsible for all academic functions of the College in accordance with its Jesuit heritage and mission. She will provide leadership, direction and coordination in the areas of academic affairs and academic support to maintain and improve the quality and integrity of all academic programs. This includes both traditional and online programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Additionally, she will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and discipline-specific accreditation, as well as developing a culture of continuous program evaluation, innovation, and development. .
Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States.