Dr. Carolyn Ringer Lepre began serving as the interim president of Radford University on July 1, 2021. Prior to her role as interim president, she was the provost and vice president for academic affairs. As provost, she collaborated with the academic leadership team and the student-centered faculty and staff to advance critical initiatives designed to foster the delivery of high-quality academic programs and experiences, and support the Radford University strategic plan. These endeavors include launching the Academic Success Center; launching a distinctive new general education curriculum (REAL), which empowers students to be in control of their coursework from day one and provides an individualized path to degree completion; establishing a stand-alone School of Nursing; establishing a partnership with the Appalachian School of Law that created dual-degree programs; and the development of three online Fast-Track degree programs (RN-to-BSN, MBA, and MSN).
As a proven administrator, full professor and respected scholar, President Lepre joined Radford University following a highly successful tenure at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, New York. While at Marist, among other administrative appointments, she served as dean of the School of Communication and the Arts and as the director of the college-wide Honors Program. Prior to her years at Marist College, President Lepre was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and California State University, Chico. She also has extensive professional experience in the communication industry having worked for various national publications and media outlets.
Her research has focused on media representation of gender and diversity, health communication and mass communication education, and has published more than 40 book chapters, referred journal and conference articles. In addition, she is the co-author of U.S. Media and Diversity (Wiley-Blackwell) now in its second edition, with a third edition in progress.
President Lepre attended Miami University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. She received her Master of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University and her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Florida.
A native New Yorker, President Lepre has been married to her husband, Todd, since 1999, and they have twin 18-year-old daughters, Sarah and Ainsley.