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Dr. Suzanne Ozment

“I am very proud to have had a role in the assimilation of women into the cadet program and even more proud of the leadership I saw from female and male cadets during that process.”1Dr. Suzanne Ozment – First woman to serve as a Dean at The Citadel (Undergraduate Studies)

Dr. Suzanne Ozment, The Citadel

Dr. Suzanne Ozment, currently the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Montevallo, was the first woman to serve as a Dean at The Citadel. Dr. Ozment earned her BS and MA in English at Eastern Carolina University and her Ph.D. in British Literature from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Dr. Ozment began an illustrious career at The Citadel in 1982 along with five other women (at the time, Dr. Aline Mahan was the only tenure-track member of the faculty). After 15 years serving on the faculty of the Department of English, Dr. Ozment was named the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of Women in 1997. She was instrumental in addressing the needs of women cadets. She has since served in a number of administrative positions before becoming Provost and VPAA at University of Montevallo.

While at The Citadel, Dr. Ozment was known as an excellent professor of literature. She strongly espoused the importance of a liberal arts education that emphasized “exploration, inquiry, and dialogue.”2 In addition to being a gifted teacher, Dr. Ozment was a noted scholar. Her work focused on a number of nineteenth century British writers. She also edited the scholarly journal Nineteenth Century Studies and coauthored The Voice of Toil, an anthology of nineteenth century writings that focused on work.


1Personal communication, Dr. Ozment, 1/2013.

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Eliza Lucas Pinckney
Elizabeth Ann Timothy
Kate Moore Barry
Ferdinan B. Nancy Stevenson

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