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Alice Skeens

Mybrick is in honor of my mother, Junie Belle (Scott) Thorne who had a scholarship and wanted to be a medical doctor, but her mother told her that no daughter of hers would become a doctor because it was not a career for a lady.

Today, my great concern is that our young women do not appreciate their opportunities and may allow us to slide backwards in our war for equality.

May 11, 1994
FROM: Vicki L. Kroll

Center for Women Recognizes UT Assistant to the President

A University of Toledo administrator and 15 graduates were recognized recently at The University of Toledo Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women's eighth annual appreciation reception.

Dr. Alice H. Skeens, assistant to UT President Frank E. Horton, was named the center's "Woman of the Year." The award recognizes a woman who has made a contribution to the University, the community and her career.

"This year's winner is part of the history of the University," Dianne Mills, director of the center, said in her introduction. And she's right. Skeens has made quite an impact during her 31 years at UT.

She came to the University in 1963 as an instructor in the Community and Technical College. In 1966, she was appointed director of counseling and placement and later was named an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was promoted to associate professor in 1982. Skeens was an assistant dean for the College of Arts and Sciences from 1973 to 1976, when she was named the college's associate dean for student affairs. In 1987, former UT President James McComas appointed her to her current position.

Over the years, Skeens has served on numerous University committees dealing with admissions, general studies and student development counseling. She was chair of the Faculty Senate in 1982-83.

A native of Lovern, W.Va., Skeens received the bachelor of science degree from Concord College, Athens, W.Va., in 1956; the master of arts degree from West Virginia University in 1960 and the doctor of education degree from UT in 1972.

Before coming to UT, she was a teacher in the McDowell County Schools and Mercer County Schools in West Virginia from 1956 to 1963. She also was a part-time instructor at Bluefield State College in 1962.

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