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Jo Ellen Parker

President, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Jo Ellen Parker

Dr. Jo Ellen Parker became the 10th president of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in August 2014. She came to Carnegie Museums from Sweet Briar College, where she served as president since July 2009. Prior to joining Sweet Briar, Dr. Parker served as Executive Director of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE). Dr. Parker also served as President of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), a consortium of 12 selective liberal arts colleges. Before undertaking these national leadership positions, Dr. Parker served her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, as a faculty member and an academic affairs and student life administrator. There, she taught Victorian literature, women’s literature and English composition while serving in the dean’s office. Before joining the faculty at Bryn Mawr, she taught in the English department at Swarthmore College. She earned her A.B. in English from Bryn Mawr, her M.A. in English from the University of Kansas, and her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, writing her dissertation on George Eliot.