Elissa Tenny, Ed.D. comes to SAIC from the distinguished liberal arts institution Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, where she has served as Provost and Dean since 2002. Her significant accomplishments at Bennington include the promotion of interdisciplinary and integrative scholarship, crafting strategic plans for the college, enhancing curriculum planning, and faculty development.
Prior to joining Bennington, she served in a variety of roles at The New School in New York City from 1975 to 2002, eventually holding the positions of Acting Dean (1998-2001) and Vice Dean (2001-2002). While at The New School, which houses the internationally recognized Parsons School of Design, Tenny’s focus included promoting quality and creativity in academic programs and student services, as well as growing overall enrollment by 30%. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.