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Judith Aitken Ramaley (born 1941) is an American biologist and academic administrator who has served as president of several colleges and universities.[1] She was the president of Winona State University from 2005 to 2012.[2]

Ramaley earned a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in 1963, a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1966, and pursued postdoctoral studies at Indiana University. Ramaley began her career at the University of Nebraska where she rose to assistant vice president for academic affairs. She served as the 6th president of the Association for Women in Science from 1978-1980.[citation needed]

In 1982, Ramaley became the chief academic officer at the State University of New York at Albany, also serving as executive vice president for academic affairs. Ramaley was the executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas from 1987 to 1990 before stepping in as acting president at SUNY Albany. She left[when?] to become the president of Portland State University and later the University of Vermont.[citation needed]

Ramaley resigned from the presidency of the University of Vermont after less than four years, following a hazing scandal involving the hockey team and a union drive by the faculty.[3]

Ramaley later became Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR), at the National Science Foundation. On July 18, 2005 Ramaley began her service as the 14th president of Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.[citation needed]

Upon her resignation from the Winona State presidency she became a distinguished professor of public service at Portland State University.[2]


  1. ^ "President Ramaley's Bio". Winona State University. Archived from the original on 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ a b Hansen, Nathan (May 6, 2012). "Judith Ramaley: A legacy of growth in 7 years at WSU". Winona Daily News. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  3. ^ "Ramaley resigns Vermont post". Lawrence Journal-World & News. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
Academic offices Preceded byRoger Edgington President of Portland State University 1990–1997 Succeeded byDaniel O. Bernstine Preceded byThomas P. Salmon President of the University of Vermont July 1, 1997 – June 30, 2001 Succeeded byDaniel Mark Fogel Preceded byDarrell W. Krueger President of Winona State University 2005 – 2012 Succeeded byScott R. Olson