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Shirley Strum Kenny
Kenny in 2019
Interim President of Augusta State University
In office
July 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Preceded byWilliam A. Bloodworth
Succeeded byPosition abolished
4th President of Stony Brook University
In office
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2009
Preceded byJohn Marburger
Succeeded bySamuel L. Stanley
7th President of Queens College
In office
July 1, 1985 – July 1, 1994
Preceded bySaul B. Cohen
Succeeded byAllen Lee Sessoms
Personal details
Born (1934-08-28) August 28, 1934 (age 89)
Tyler, Texas United States
EducationUniversity of Texas at Dallas
University of Minnesota
University of Chicago
Academic background
ThesisAn edition of Sir Richard Steele's The funeral and the tender husband (1964)
Academic work
DisciplineEnglish literature
Sub-disciplineRestoration and eighteenth-century British drama

Shirley Strum Kenny (born 1934) is an English scholar and retired university president. Kenny was the fourth president of Stony Brook University from 1994 until the end of the 2008-2009 academic year. She was the first woman to hold that position. She had served as the president of Queens College from 1985 to 1994. In 2012, Kenny served as the interim president of Augusta State University upon the retirement of its long time president William A. Bloodworth from July 1[1] until the position was eliminated on December 31, 2012[2] as a result of Augusta State University's merger with Georgia Health Sciences University on August 10 of the same year.[3]

Life and achievements[edit]

Kenny grew up in Tyler, Texas.[4] She holds a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas-Dallas, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago,[5] and honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester, and Chonnam National, Dongguk, and Ajou Universities in South Korea. She has taught at the University of Texas, Gallaudet University, The Catholic University of America, the University of Delaware and the University of Maryland. At Maryland, she was successively chair of the Department of English and provost of the College of Arts and Humanities.[citation needed]

Kenny has published five books and numerous articles in the field of Restoration and eighteenth-century British drama. Her two-volume scholarly edition of the dramatic works of George Farquhar was published by Oxford University Press.[citation needed]

Kenny sits on the boards of directors of numerous corporations.[citation needed] She is married to Dr. Robert W. Kenny, and they have five children and four grandchildren.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Thomas, Chris (April 18, 2012). "The Inside Story: ASU names new interim president". WRDW-TV.
  2. ^ Crawford, Steve (March 17, 2013). "Former Augusta State president tells new university chief fences need mending". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  3. ^ Diamond, Laura (August 10, 2012). "Georgia regents OK college mergers". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  4. ^ Winegarten, Ruthe, and Cathy Schechter. Deep in the Heart: The Lives & Legends of Texas Jews. Austin TX: Eakin Press, 1990.
  5. ^ Kenny, Shirley Strum (1964). An edition of Sir Richard Steele's "The Funeral" and "The Tender Husband" (Ph.D.). The University of Chicago. OCLC 6229152 – via ProQuest.

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Academic offices
Preceded by President of Queens College
1985 – 1994
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of Stony Brook University
1994 – 2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by
William A. Bloodworth
Interim President of Augusta State University
July 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Position abolished