Leadership change for Mills Institute 

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Christie Chung, associate dean for research, scholarship, and partnerships and a psychology professor at Mills since 2007, has been appointed to the role of interim executive director of the Mills Institute. Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, the Institute’s inaugural director, has transitioned to a teaching role as an English professor. 

“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead the Mills Institute and to bring Mills’ amazing legacy of women’s leadership, gender and racial justice, and student success to new heights,” said Chung in the announcement of her appointment. “I look forward to connecting with many of you at upcoming events!” She is scheduled to speak about the Institute at Reunion. 

Chung earned her undergraduate degree (with honors) as a psychology specialist at the University of Toronto, followed by her master’s and PhD in applied cognitive psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Before coming to Mills, she held research and faculty appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California State University system. Chung also directs the Mills Cognition Laboratory, studying memory and aging. 

In addition to her academic and research roles, she is special advisor on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for Mills College at Northeastern, a position she held prior to the merger. More information on updated DEI plans for the Mills campus is anticipated over the next few months. 

She takes over as interim Mills Institute director at a pivotal moment, but one with gathering momentum: A generous bequest from the estate of Emily Bourne Grigsby ’44 has established the Mills institute Endowed Fund, which will support the Institute in perpetuity.