Dillard University

Q&A: Female university pioneers past and present

Q&A: Female university pioneers past and present

Over four decades as a university administrator, Marvalene Hughes amassed one of the most storied careers in the nation, blazing trails that few women of color had been down before — or have since.

One of her most landmark positions came when she was appointed president of California State University-Stanislaus in 1994, becoming only the second African-American woman to earn the distinction in the CSU system. Hughes left Stanislaus in 2005 to lead Dillard University, a historically black college in New Orleans, until her retirement in 2011.

Ellen Junn, CSU-Stanislaus’s current president, came to Hughes’ Del Mar home for two days at the end of June to finally meet her storied...