Anne E. McCall has been named the 13th president of The College of Wooster. Her appointment was approved by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees following a national search led by trustees, alumni, students, staff, and faculty. McCall will begin her role as president on July 1, 2023.
An inspirational and values-driven administrator with a track record for building innovation through inclusive excellence, a dedicated teacher and mentor, and internationally recognized scholar of nineteenth-century French fiction and life writing, McCall will be the second woman to lead Wooster as president since its founding in 1866. She also will be a tenured professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
The announcement of her appointment was made via video on Dec. 8, 2022, which included introductory comments from Peter Sundman ’81, trustee and chair of the presidential search committee, and Chair of the Board of Trustees Sally Staley ’78, as well as statements of support from members of the search committee and the expansive Wooster campus community.
McCall currently is provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana—ranked fifth among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report and first among all institutions for the number of African American graduates completing medical school and multiple Ph.D. programs. She also is a professor in Xavier’s Department of Languages.
Since joining Xavier in 2016, McCall has collaborated with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community organizations to create and implement a new core curriculum and nearly two dozen new graduate and undergraduate degree programs in areas of growing student interest, emerging knowledge, and professional opportunities. She has also supported the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit; inter-university pipeline programs and partnerships, including international partnerships; and a major collaboration with southeast Louisiana’s largest health system.
She has led and contributed to successful capital fundraising campaigns and helped to secure grants from the Andrew W. Mellon, W.K. Kellogg, and Kresge foundations, the National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation to support the staffing and infrastructure for much of Xavier’s programmatic growth over the past six years.
Prior to Xavier, McCall held leadership positions at three other institutions of distinction, including as dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University from 2013 to 2016; dean of arts, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Denver from 2008 to 2013; and associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University from 2006 to 2008. In each of her prior administrative posts, she has been instrumental in developing new interdisciplinary courses and specialized centers, cultivating domestic and global pipeline and programmatic partnerships, leading teams to secure funds for critical initiatives, and expanding opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
A hallmark of McCall’s career has been her unwavering commitment to inclusive excellence. At Tulane, she served as director of the women’s studies program and co-led a pre-strategic planning group on diversity. At the University of Denver, she created a cohort of ten courses on migrations and diasporas. At Binghamton and Xavier, she has commissioned taskforces to study data, dialogue with colleagues, and make recommendations, many of which have been implemented. Most recently, she has overseen substantial increases in underrepresented minority tenure-track hires at Xavier as well as new cross-college training and programming to support equitable hiring practices and evaluations, professional development opportunities, celebrations, restorative justice trainings, and an NSF Advance-funded initiative to address systemic inequities contributing to a lack of female STEM faculty, particularly female faculty of color.
McCall is committed to nurturing an environment conducive to global learning, and dedicates herself to equity and physical, intellectual, and collective freedom in the U.S. and around the world. As the current Chair of the Steering Committee for the U.S. section of Scholars at Risk, McCall works to support academic freedom and university values around the world by supporting persecuted scholars seeking placements, advocating for the freedom of jailed scholars and practitioners, and promoting more broadly the freedom to think. She is an alumna of the New Orleans Campaign for Equity training and its criminal justice reform cluster.
McCall’s faculty and early administrative career took place largely at Tulane University, where she worked from 1991 to 2008, teaching French and women’s studies and holding the position of program director before becoming associate dean. She also served as a service-learning fellow, participated in NCAA recertification processes, and served in hurricane Katrina recovery efforts while at Tulane.
Trained in French and comparative literature, McCall’s scholarly publications focus on post-Revolutionary French fiction and life-writing, with a noted focus on George Sand. She is past-president of the George Sand Association. Despite a full administrative load, she remains active in her field of scholarship, presenting papers and organizing workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally.
McCall earned a bachelor’s degree in French and German from the University of Virginia and spent nine years in Europe earning a master’s and doctoral degree in French literature from the Université Strasbourg.
Born in Washington, D.C., McCall moved to Cincinnati at age six and attended Clifton Elementary and Walnut Hill High School, with one semester at the American School of Paris.
McCall is married to Ravi Palat, Ph.D. a historical sociologist and political economist at Binghamton University and has three adult children who live in Texas and California with their families. Among the many things she looks forward to upon moving to Wooster this summer are campus movie nights, book readings, gallery openings, concerts, plays, and more. She grew up rooting for the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals and University of Cincinnati athletic teams.
For relaxation and personal growth, Anne enjoys world literature and cinema, fine and performing arts, travel, sports, and her family.
- Nineteenth Century French Fiction and Life Writing
- George Sand
Select Scholarly Work
De l’être en lettres. L’autobiographie épistolaire de George Sand (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996). In progress: Arrested Memories: Letters, Law, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century France. [Completed manuscript, final preparations for submission.]
Ed and Preface. George Sand et l’empire des lettres. New Orleans: Presses universitaires du nouveau monde, 2004.
Ed and Preface. Balzac, Honoré de. Les petits bourgeois. Balzac, CD-ROM. Ed. Nicole Mozet, Paris: Acamédia, 1999.
Special Editor and Preface. George Sand Studies 17 (1998); 16 (1997).
Preface. Sand, George. Histoire de ma vie. Vol. 4. Saint-Cyr-Sur-Loire: Christian Pirot, 1996, 9-41.
Journal and Volume Articles
Co-author with Ravi Palat for “Editing Monuments: History as Collective Work,” Seminar 743: Editing History, July 2021, 2-7. https://www.india-seminar.com/2021/743.htm.
“Pour un code plus civil dans le roman sandien,” François Kerlouégan, Ed., Le Code en forme(s): écriture et réécritures du Code civil au XIXe siècle, Paris: Garnier, 2020, 227-42.
“Faire faire: Faculty, Administrators, and the Making of Academic Communities,” Women in French Studies, 2019.
“Celebrations of Misuse: Correspondence Traps and Memory Gaps,” George Sand Studies, 2016.
“Food Revolutions,” George Sand Studies vol. 32 (2013): 141-52.
“The Bibliothèque Nationale and Cultural Productions of Scholarship.” South Central Review 29.3 (Fall 2012), 47-62.
“Henri Carton, Gustave Lanson, Jean Larnac: questions critiques.” Les Femmes dans la critique et l’histoire littéraire. Ed. Martine Reid. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2011.147-61.
“Une poétique du mépris: une stratégie problématique de la lettre ouverte. George Sand journaliste. Ed. Marie-Eve Thérenty. Sainte-Etienne: PU de Saint-Etienne, 2011, 23-35.
“Battles over the Living Dead: Epistolomania, Posthumous Defamation, and Modern French Identity.” Ed. Gilbert Chaitin. Culture Wars and Literature in the French Third Republic. Cambridge. Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2008, 83-102.
“Still Life and Fetal Exploits in Flora Tristan’s Pérégrinations d’une paria.” Romanic Review, (January 2007): 83-101.
“Espaces de lectures dans Histoire de ma vie.” Lire Histoire de ma vie de George Sand. Eds. Simone Bernard-Griffiths and José-Luis Diaz. Clermont-Ferrand, 2006, 253-64.
“Fonctions narratives, dysfonctions familiales: le ‘parler-père’ dans la Lettres à Marcie.” Romanic Review 96.3 (December 2005): 325-41.
“Culturally Uncompromising.” Ed. Charles J. Stivale. Modern French Literary Studies in the Classroom. Pedagogical Strategies. NY, NY: MLA, 2004, 63-74.
“Savoirs spéculatifs.” Ed. Eric Bordas. George Sand : Ecritures et représentations. Paris: Eurédit, 2004, 67-82.
“Malice créative et navigation narrative: Auteurs et autorités dans Consuelo.” Lectures de Consuelo, La Comtesse de Rudolstadt de George Sand. Ed. Michèle Hecquet et Christine Planté. Montpellier: UP Montpellier, 2004, 101-17.
“Au-delà du sale et du propre: Des Lettres d’un voyageur à La Daniella.” Présences de l’Italie dans l’oeuvre de George Sand. Ed. Anarosa Poli. Verona: C.I.R.V.I, 2004, 307-23.
“Ecrire la lecture expérimentale : Du Secrétaire intime au Marquis de Villemer.” Etudes littéraires, 35:2 (été-automne 2003): 13-28.
“Une certaine idée de la copie: Jeux de genèses pour une société de gens de lettres.” Mélanges pour Nicole Mozet. Ed. Lucienne Frappier. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004, 73-89.
“Land Use and Property Values: The Commercial Development of Personal Space in George Sand’s Narcisse.” George Sand Studies, 20:1-2 (2001), 83-101.
“De la haine épistolaire: ‘la fatale puissance de la lettre.’” L’Erotique balzacienne. Paris: SEDES, 2001.
“Monuments of the Maternal: Reflections on the Desbordes-Valmore Correspondence.” Esprit Créateur 39:2 (Summer 1999): 41-51. Reprinted in Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 97 (NCLC-97) Gale Group.
“On the Heels of Corinne: Venice, George Sand’s Traveler and a Case for Urban Renewal.” Romanic Review 89:2 (1998): 219-30.
“Fins de séries: La Correspondance Sand-Musset et la critique ‘fin de siècle’.” Ed. Christine Planté. Genre épistolaire, genre féminin? Paris: Champion, 1998, 265-78.
“Pour une esthétique du père-porteur: les Mémoires de deux jeunes mariées et George Sand.” Ed. Stéphane Vachon, Balzac et sa poétique du roman. Montréal: XYZ et UP de Vincennes 1996, 295-306.
“Du Bas-Bleuisme et des correspondantes: Marie d’Agoult, Hortense Allart et la surenchère épistolaire.” Romantisme. 90 (1995): 77-88.
“George Sand and the Genealogy of Terror.” L’Esprit créateur 35.4 (Winter 1995): 38-48.
“Of Textual Demise and Literary Renewal: George Sand and the Problematics of Epistolary Autobiography.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 9.2 (Fall 1994): 212-230.
“Une nouvelle héroïde: les lettres de George Sand à Michel de Bourges.” Ed. Nicole Mozet. George Sand.. Une Correspondance. Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire: Christian Pirot, 1994, 118-134.
“Image furtive, idée fixe: George Sand auto-portraitiste et para-portraitiste dans la Correspondance.” George Sand Studies 11.1-2 (1992): 55-66.
“Nom, mais alors? Les signatures dans la Correspondance de George Sand.” Ed. Françoise van Rossum-Guyon. George Sand: Une Oeuvre Multiforme Recherches Nouvelles 2. Amsterdam: CRIN 24, 1991, 97-109.