Graduate Name Class Year Last Name While at Hollins
Nancy Nash Campbell

Nancy Nash Campbell

Campbell is chair emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. With a master’s degree in architecture and urban studies, she served on the Planning Commission for the New York Metropolitan Area, as vice chair of the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission, and as a trustee for the Seventh Regiment Armory conservancy and Historic Hudson Valley. The College of William and Mary presented Campbell and her husband,…

1958

Nash

Blanche Capel

Blanche Capel

After graduating with an English degree from Hollins, Blanche married, had children, and volunteered in her community. Within a few years, she started taking courses in genetics, an interest that was spawned by a class at Hollins, and eventually earned a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Following her postdoctoral research in London,…

1968

Capel

Betsy Brooks Carr

Betsy Brooks Carr

In 2009, Carr (seated) was the first Hollins alumna to be elected to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates. An English major, Carr didn’t take a direct route to her political career. Working as outreach director at Richmond’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, she was a founder of the Micah Initiative, a program that organizes members of congregations to mentor,…

1968

Brooks

Lee Stuart Cochran

Lee Stuart Cochran

(1924 – 2017) Lee Stuart Cochran died in her hometown of Staunton, Virginia, on December 21, 2017. Devoted to Hollins throughout her lifetime, Cochran served on the Alumnae Board, the Board of Overseers, and the Board of Trustees. The daughter of a Hollins alumna, Marion Lee Stuart ’19, she was also the mother-in-law of Emily Cart Cochran ’75 and Dupre Cates Cochran ’73.…

1946

Stuart

Martha Louisa “Miss Matty” Cocke

Martha Louisa “Miss Matty” Cocke

Class of 1874 (1855 – 1938) Miss Matty Cocke succeeded her father as president of Hollins in 1901, becoming the first woman college president in Virginia. Although reluctant to take on such a visible role, she oversaw many fundamental changes in the institution she led for 32 years. Matty Cocke received her entire education at Hollins.…

1874

Cocke

Susan Seydel Cofer

Susan Seydel Cofer

Susan Cofer is a visual artist living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has two distinct manifestations: drawings inspired by biomorphic forms painstakingly rendered in a series of vertical lines; and, sculptural portraits commissioned by friends and private patrons constructed mostly of papier mâché also with exacting detail. She has had solo exhibitions since 1976 in commercial galleries,…

1964

Seydel

Shani Collins-Achille

Shani Collins-Achille

Describing her as “incomparable,” Dance magazine praised the performances of Achille, stating, “It’s a sure bet that when she takes the stage, she will deliver not only the movement but the core, the bedrock, the very meaning and spirit of a dance.” In addition to teaching at Connecticut College, where she joined the faculty in 2009,…

2001, M.F.A. '07

Collins

Ann Compton

Ann Compton

Compton is a pioneering broadcast journalist. She was the first woman ever hired as a reporter at Roanoke’s WDBJ-TV. She joined ABC News in 1973 and just one year later became the first female assigned by a network television news organization to report from the White House on a full-time basis. Compton covered presidents, vice presidents,…

1969

Compton

Allison Connolly

Allison Connolly

Connolly is an associate professor of French at Centre College. She earned a master’s and Ph.D. in French and francophone literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where as a teaching fellow and course coordinator she won the prestigious Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In 2007 she joined the faculty of Centre College in Kentucky as assistant professor of French,…

2000

Connolly

Brandy S. Culp

Brandy S. Culp

Culp is curator for the Historic Charleston Foundation, where she oversees the preservation and conservation of the foundation’s collection of fine and decorative arts. In 2011, she curated the New York City Winter Antiques Show loan exhibition, Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation, and coauthored the book of the same name.…

1998

Culp