Southern Connecticut State University
DonnaJean Fredeen is dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University. She earned her B.A. in chemistry from McMurry College and doctorate in chemistry from Texas A&M University. She joined the chemistry department faculty at Southern Connecticut in the fall of 1987 as an assistant professor and was appointed department chairperson in 1994. In spring of 1998, she was appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. As dean, DonnaJean strategically positioned the school as the cornerstone of the university and has championed the role of liberal education in higher education, the revision of the Honors College and general education programs, and the implementation of the SENCER ideals throughout campus. She has actively supported science and mathematics outreach programs in the greater New Haven community. Through her efforts, the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees established the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a co-director of the SCI-New England and a SENCER Leadership Fellow.