Interim President of Plymouth State
Theodora J. Kalikow served as interim president of Plymouth State from July 1992 until June 1993 before becoming president of the University of Maine at Farmington. During her governance she raised Plymouth State’s academic standards, strengthened student advising, improved retention and graduation rates for students, and expanded the assessment of student outcomes and development for faculty. She also heightened the college community’s sensitivity to women’s issues. As a result, an annual award commending the work of a Plymouth State faculty or staff member on behalf of women and awareness of women’s issues was named in her honor.
Kalikow is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned her Master’s degree in philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston University. Prior to her service at Plymouth State, Kalikow was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado for three years. Before that she taught philosophy at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMASS-Dartmouth) for 17 years, where she earned the rank of full professor in 1981.